The Avenging Conscience/Edgar Allen Poe [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Mastered in HD form a 35mm archive print from the Raymond Rohauer collection
  • Piano score compiled and performed by music historian Martin Marks
  • Griffith's 1909 short Edgar Allen Poe (sic), mastered in HD from a 35mm archive print from the Museum of Modern Art
  • Notes on the preparation of the music score


The Avenging Conscience
This innovative psychological drama represents one of D.W. Griffith's early full-length feature films and contains innovations that influenced international filmmakers, particularly German ones, for decades to come. It tells the tale of a young man with a fondness for reading Edgar Allen Poe, who is forced to choose between having his uncle's wealth and marrying the girl he loves. He makes a choice and she jilts him, causing him to vent his rage and pain psychotically by strangling his uncle and sealing his corpse behind a brick fireplace wall. As in Poe's Telltale Heart, the young man's cruelty does not go unpunished, and as he sits alone in his cabin, he begins hearing the maddening beat of his dead uncle's heart. Every sound, to the poor youth, becomes another damning thump, and in desperation he runs from his cabin to hang himself. Just before he dies, the law catches up and saves him. Meanwhile, his cruel girl friend is overcome by guilt and so hurls herself from a cliff, but fortunately, this is not the end of the story. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Edgar Allen Poe

Cast & Crew

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    Spottiswood Aitken - The uncle
  • Donald Crisp
    Donald Crisp
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    Josephine Crowell - Her mother
  • Robert Harron
    Robert Harron - The Grocer's boy
  • Mae Marsh
    Mae Marsh - Maid at the Garden Party
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