The Iconoclast (1910)

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No relation to the 1910 D.W.GRIFFITH production of the same name, the 1913 release The Iconoclast was a three-reeler from the Thomas H. Ince film factory. The title character is a Mexican aristocrat who fancies himself an atheist. In addition to his constant tiltings with the Church, the Iconoclast is also a bully and a despot, inciting the local Indians to war so as to drive the railroad people out of the territory. Meanwhile, the landowner's beautiful daughter falls in love with a pious young sculptor. In typical Ince fashion, the story (credited to William H. Clifford ends tragically -- and spectacularly so. The direction for The Iconoclast was credited to Thomas Ince himself, though chances are it was actually helmed by one of his many assistants.