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    Made on location in Germany during the period of the Great Inflation, Isn't Life Wonderful is a tender ode to the resilience of the human spirit and the all-conquering power of love. Carol Dempster delivers her most moving performance as Inga, a Polish war orphan who struggles to provide for the family that has taken her in, while accumulating a meager dowry from the rubble of a depression-stricken Berlin so that she can marry Paul (Neil Hamilton). Returning to his family, weakened by the battlefront's poisonous gases, Paul invests in his and Inga's future by tending a secret garden which he hopes will provide resources for them to live, and which serves as a powerful symbol of the irrepressible optimism of the two young lovers rising triumphantly from the ashes of a bitter earth.

    Filled with poignant moments reminiscent of Griffith's better-known classics such as A Corner in Wheat and Way Down East, the rarely-seen Isn't Life Wonderful proves Griffith's flair for small-scale, tender drama.

    This edition features the original 1924 score composed and compiled by Cesare Sodero and Louis Silvers, arranged and performed by Robert Israel (piano) and Galina Golovin (violin).

    Isn't Life Wonderful

    Year: 1924
    Length: 117 minutes
    Director: D.W. Griffith
    Starring: Neil Hamilton, Carol Dempster, Erville Alderson
    Photographed by: Hendrik Sartov and Hal Sintznich
    Music:Original 1924 score Composed and Compiled by Cesare Sodero and Louis Silvers
    Arranged and Performed by: Robert Israel (piano) and Galina Golovin (violin)
    Copyright 1923, renewed, byD.W. Griffith, Inc
    Format: NTSC

    Produced for DVD by David Shepard
    From the Blackhawk Films Collection
    Presented by Flicker Alley

    • Release Date: 1924
    • Runtime: 117:00
    • Genre: Drama
    • Language: English
    • Format: DVD-NTSC
    • Screen: 0.16875
    • Aspect: 1.33:1
    • Rating: NR
    • Audio: Stereo
    • Color/BW: BW
    • Special Features: None
    • Copyright: Special Contents of This Edition ©2016 by Film Preservation Associates, Inc. / Blu-ray Publication and Design ©2016 Flicker Alley, LLC
    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Disc Format: DVD-5

    Starring:
    Neil Hamilton
    Carol Dempster
    Erville Alderson

    Written by:
    D.W. Griffith

    Directed by:
    D.W. Griffith

    Produced by:
    D.W. Griffith