Watch: An Awful Moment 1908 123movies, Full Movie Online – As a judge passes sentence on a man, a gypsy woman in the audience vehemently protests, and she has to be physically removed from the courtroom. Soon afterwards, the judge returns home, and enjoys some time with his wife and child. But all the while, the gypsy woman is watching him closely, and is plotting a cruel revenge..
Plot: After a judge (Harry Solter) does his job and sentences a man, a gypsy woman (Marion Leonard) erupts in vehement protests and has to be taken forcefully out of the courtroom. Later the gypsy follows the judge to his home and plots a vicious revenge on his wife (Florence Lawrence).
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It wasn’t just a film filled with the director’s prejudices, but it’s a pretty lousy film–even by 1908 standards
While D.W. Griffith might have been a great director, he wasn’t much of a man. I say this because he often played to the prejudices of his audiences. Of course, I could be talking about his horrid depiction of black people–such as in his racist film “Birth of a Nation”. But black people weren’t the only folks Griffith seemed to hate. Here in “An Awful Moment” he once again attacks Gypsies–and it’s probably the third film of his that I’ve seen this group of people portrayed as sub-humans. However, if you completely ignore his nasty feelings towards the Gypsies, you’re still left with a film that is terrible–even by the standards of the day.
The film begins in a courtroom. It’s VERY difficult to tell exactly what’s happening, but a Gypsy who is HORRIBLY over-acting is ordered out of the court. On his way home, this same Gypsy woman follows him. She then climbs into the judge’s apartment and waits to kill him. The judge rather easily subdues her and ties her up…then just leaves the Gypsy to untie herself and then attack the judge’s wife in the next room and gas her–knocking her out almost instantly. But, instead of just killing her, she rigs up a gun that just happens to be sitting there to shoot the wife when someone opens the door (though the door opened the wrong direction for this). When their young child (about 3 or 4) wakes up (she was sleeping only a few feet from this shotgun) and sees mom trussed up and with a gun in her face, she does what any clear-thinking child would do–she ignores her mother and begins looking at presents under their Christmas tree. Soon, however, the father arrives back with the police and they catch the sub-human (and stupid) Gypsy and the day is saved.
Too many slow moving scenes, too much horrible over-acting and too many illogical moments make this one tough film to watch. But, if you are a die-hard Gypsy-hater (such as a Nazi), you might enjoy this little pile of dog poo from Mr. Griffith. Otherwise, stay clear and do something better….and that would not be a hard thing to do!
Original Language en
Runtime 12 min (16 fps)
Genre Drama, Short
Director D.W. Griffith
Writer D.W. Griffith
Actors George Gebhardt, Marion Leonard, Harry Solter
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Silent
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Film Length 225 m (split reel) (USA)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm