Unseen Enemy, An


by Carl Davis

American Biograph (1912) Director: D. W. Griffith
Silent Film
pno - vln.vlc
Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
1983, London

Full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish Director: D.W. Griffith Production Company: American Biograph USA, 1912 Duration: 16 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 16 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1983, London 3 Players: pno.vln.vlc A D.W Griffith thriller short in which two girls are trapped and shot at by burglars. It was Lillian Gish's movie debut. She starred with her sister, Dorothy, after a chance meeting with Griffith moments before filming. Carl Davis translates the style of piano improvisation into a trio texture which admirably evokes the film's melodramatic sentimentality.

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