The Absentee (1915)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Social Problem Film  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Former D. W. Griffith assistant William "Christy" Cabanne, in collaboration with Frank E. Woods, called the shots in The Absentee-NRA. Robert Edeson, another Griffith alumnus, stars in this tale of labor unrest. When a justifiable strike goes on indefinitely, the owners call in the militia, with violent results. Many of the scenes are allegorical in nature, placing the events in context with worldwide strife. Absentee NRA was the sort of film that would disappear from screens during World War 1, a period when free speech was bascially "closed for the duration".

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striker, ambition, employer/employee, justice, labor [work], labor-relations, maniac, pleasure, power, time, worker