Excellent visual supplement
Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood | 03/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was hesitant to use this DVD with my classes because I knew they would resist watching a silent movie. As I introduced the movie to my students, they complained but a hush soon fell over the crowd as shortly after I pushed play.
Students were captivated by the music and sound effects and I was amazed at the quality of the acting I saw.
I believe that teachers can do more with this version of the movie than any other. This movie follows the book very well and chapter seven is especially gripping as Eliza crosses the Ohio River.
I highly reccommend this movie as a supplement to the novel. Students will be captivated by the emotion evoked through the heart-wrenching scenes and you will be amazed at the appreciation they have for early cinematography."
A flawed Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mr Peter G George | Ellon, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom | 02/24/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to like this film more than I eventually did. It has some very fine moments, not least Eliza's flight across the ice, which is only just behind Lilian Gish's ice flow scene in Way Down East. This adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin however, has a number of flaws. The biggest difficulty is that it is set just prior to and during the civil war. Stowe's book was published in 1852 and really the story only makes sense when it is depicting a time prior to the 1850's. It must also be said that some of the acting in this film is not too good. James Lowe, who is the only major African American actor in the cast, is very good indeed. His performance is dignified and in the end heartbreaking. But we have to accept a quite absurd Topsy played by a teenage white girl in blackface. Moreover, Eliza (played by the director's wife) is patently too old for the part, she looks about the same age as her mother. Also the makers of this film decided that all of the 'fair-skinned' African American characters would be played by white people with so little make up that they look scarcely different from the white characters. This was to avoid offending contemporary audiences. This leads though, to some initial confusion regarding the status of characters and somewhat undermines the anti-slavery theme of the story. The print used on this DVD is pretty good. I would have preffered some colour tinting, but it is clear and has very little damage. The DVD also has the bonus of two interesting deleted scenes and some stills of some further deleted scenes. The music on the DVD is on the whole fine, but has a number of scenes where there is singing on the soundtrack which does not synchronise with the singer. This is a feature of some late silents, but I must admit I do not care for it. This film is interesting and worth seeing, but it is not the masterpiece the director was intent on making."
1800 Comes Alive!
Samantha Zenobi | Absecon, NJ | 01/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Faith is only seen by the beholder. This is what this movie is about. It moved me to my very soul. It was very well directed and the actors were wonderfully picked to fit the characters. It really demonstrated the events in the novel, by the 18oo woman writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. Of course there were some parts taken out of the novel, and some that were added. I was very disturbed by how they took out or replaced scenes from the novel. The movie really brought out the true nature of slavery and how people treat other people, who are different then they are. It was just like the novel, except you were able to see the actual events happen, instead of just reading about them. This is a real work of art that can be loved by people for generations to come. This movie has fantastically displayed all of the emotions of the characters and the situations. It was a movie I would not mind watching over and over, again. I feel that this kind of movie is just the type we need in the world today. It gave a new meaning to the word hope and love. The movie is great for teens to adults. I think that children under the age of 12 will not understand the context of the film. It will not be suitable because of some of the scenes in the movie which contain violence and adult situations. I had a great time watching this movie. The plot was very easy to connect with, and to follow along with. Faith is only seen by the beholder. This is what this movie is about. I give this movie a five stars rating, for the grand display of acting, the perfect selection of casting, and the excellent work with the camera. I really give this two thumbs up."
Uncle tom's cabin
Linda Bohleke | 10/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i think this silent movie was excellent,it was close to the novel.great cast.just terrific."