This Freedom (1923)

Run Time - 83 min.  |  
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For the first three-quarters of the twentieth century, women were expected to sacrifice all their aspirations in favor of motherhood. This preachy, British-made picture (directed by American Denison Clift) did its best to hit that point home. Rosalie Aubyn (Fay Compton) grows up wanting a career. Although she has no desire to marry and have a family, that changes when she meets Harry Occleve (Clive Brook). One wedding and three children later, Rosalie decides to go back to work, leaving the children and domestic chores in the hands of others. Two of her three children, Huggo (John Stuart) and Doda (Nancye Kenyon) wind up in trouble -- Huggo goes to prison after making a shady deal and Doda becomes a playgirl who is betrayed by a rogue. Both of them blame their sorry fates on the fact that Rosalie was never there for them. Although Rosalie has become a successful business woman, she realizes she has paid a high price for her achievements. The film was based on a then-popular novel by A.S.M. Hutchinson.

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career, family-responsibilities, flapper, governess, imprisonment, mother, neglect, reputation, wife