JUDITH OF BETHULIA (1914) and THE GRIT OF THE GIRL TELEGRAPHER (1912)
JUDITH OF BETHULIA starring Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Kate Bruce and Lillian Gish. Directed by D.W. Griffith. In this, Griffith's first feature film, Blanche Sweet portrays Judith, an attractive, devout widow. When the walled city of Bethulia is attacked by an invading Assyrian army, the city's supply of food and water are cut off, leaving the citizens within the walls to die of hunger and thirst. To liberate her people and end their suffering, Judith conceives a daring plan to seduce and kill Holofernes, the Assyrian General. A true landmark in the history of the motion picture, JUDITH OF BETHULIA showcases Griffith's remarkable skill in directing high drama as well as his brilliant staging of elaborate battle scenes, talents he would later magnificently display in THE BIRTH OF A NATION and INTOLERANCE.
Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Kate Bruce, Lillian Gish, Anna Q. Nillson