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"Pippa Passes" (1909) director D. W. Griffith

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BREAKING NEWS: Silent Hall of Fame has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the preproduction of a new documentary. We offer eight levels of generous rewards for donations of every budget. Please donate to help make the new documentary a reality and please spread the word about this campaign to those likely to support the cause of bringing belated recognition to overlooked silent movie stars. Thanks! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028711795/feature-documentary-about-overlooked-silent-movie A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT YouTube now allows anyone watching to donate to our nonprofit organization directly from the video: find the Donate now button on the video and click that button to get started making a donation. Please click on this link for details how donation cards work: https://support.google.com/youtube/?p=donate_FAQ "Pippa Passes" is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of cinematographer Billy Bitzer and Arthur V. Johnson, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Billy Bitzer shares the cinematography credit with Arthur Marvin. Arthur V. Johnson plays a character by the name of Luca. The film is based on the verse drama by the 19 century English poet Robert Browning. Apparently the poem was very popular, judging by these facts: - This was the first film to be reviewed by the New York Times newspaper - there is a town by the name of Pippa Passes in Kentucky A girl sings with a lute and the song has a healing effect. Directed by D.W. Griffith Cinematography by Billy Bitzer, Arthur Marvin Starring Gertrude Robinson, Marion Leonard, Arthur V. Johnson, Mack Sennett, Owen Moore Distributed by Biograph Company Release date October 4, 1909 Country United States Running time 14 m. You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org. Please support the legacy of silent movie stars by making a tax deductible contribution. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976: "Allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."