Eyes of the World (1917)

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Based on the novel of the same name by Harold Bell Wright, The Eyes of the World was told almost exclusively via flashbacks -- and sometimes flashbacks within flashbacks! The basic plotline concerns a pretty violinist, the handsome artist who falls in love with her, and the double-dyed villain who hopes to seduce the girl. Magnificently photographed, the film was somewhat less magnificently directed by Donald Crisp. The heroine was played by Jane Novak, who could usually be relied upon for a worthwhile performance, thus we can only assume that she was better than her material. Originally released at ten reels, Eyes of the World was divested of at least two reels before its New York premiere.