The Struggle
The Struggle (1931)

The directorial career of D.W. Griffith, "the father of the American cinema," ended on a discordant note with The Struggle, his second and last talking picture. Self-produced by Griffith and filmed on a $300,000 budget at a Bronx… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 10, 1931
DVD Release Date: October 15, 1996
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of his most powerful and intensely felt works -- not merely a heartbreaking story and a portrait of the Depression at its grimmest, but a poignant summary of everything that Griffith could do with a camera.

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Ronald Bergan
Radio Times

Griffith turned it into a rather maudlin and naive morality tale -- though it didn't merit the hostile reviews that it initially received.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Today it's best viewed as a fascinating curio, brought down by its wooden acting and grim, hokey tale of woe.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

D. W. Griffith's last film, a crude, grim, grotesquely sentimental melodrama about an alcoholic's degradation, fits into the rare category of films that are great but not really very good.

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TV Guide

One of the greatest directors who ever lifted a megaphone, David Wark Griffith was 56 when he made this, his last movie, and it is a shame that he had to bow out with such a dud.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Neither Miss Loos, Mr. Emerson nor Mr. Griffith can be said to have accomplished anything particularly novel by this screen work.

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Fernando F. Croce

Griffith doesn't cloak the story's creakiness, he faces it head-on and erects images to embody and purify its emotions.

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