Even As You and I (1917)

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Director Lois Weber created this allegory, in which Satan (Harry Carter) tempts two married artists. Carrillo (Ben Wilson) and Selma (Mignon Anderson) live under the protection of Carrillo's three statues representing Youth, Love, and Honor. Satan sends various imps to counter these three qualities: Cleo, "a harpy" (Maud George), runs off with Carrillo's Honor, while Stray (Hayward Mack), posing as a friend of Selma's, takes away Love. Then Jacques (Earle Page) influences Carrillo's drinking and he loses his Youth. But Loyalty finally brings the couple to Repentance. While this sounds corny to the extreme -- and with its double and triple exposures, this film was pretty obvious in making its points -- in 1917, the art of cinema was still new enough for Weber's approach to be acceptable.

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alcoholism, deal-with-the-devil, fidelity, good-vs-evil, honor [recognition], love, lust, poverty, Satan, suspicion