The Lonedale Operator
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The Lonedale Operator
This simple and very effective melodramatic short film was a landmark in its day; in fact, today it is still a fine example of intercutting from one scene to another to build up to an exciting climax. In 1911, director D.W. Griffith was changing the face of filmmaking by his skilled use of this technique. The Lonedale Operator is also an example of excellent storytelling. In a few charming scenes we are introduced to the girl (Blanche Sweet) and her sweetheart, a railroad engineer (Francis J. Grandon). The girl's father is the operator at the Lonedale station, and when he becomes sick his… More