UTC On Film: Selections for 2/19

If you want to dive right into the archive's representation of the life Stowe's story led in silent movies, 1903 to 1927, feel free to go to the FILMS HOMEPAGE. There you'll find reviews, programs, posters and other material to help contextualize the movies. But you should at least look at the following selections from the films themselves. First, all the clips from the earliest UTC movie -- the 1903 version directed by Porter for Edison's company. You can access that film through THIS LINK

Then I'd like you to study the following clips from 3 later silent films. (We broke the films into clips to keep downloading from taking too long, but I know at certain times or on certain machines the process can still go very slowly, so if that's the case for you, the clips with asterisks [*] below are my selected selections -- make sure you see them.) The first set are from the 1910 Empire Safety Films version, and the LINK TITLES come from the film itself; they're the onscreen titles that were used to introduce each clip. To see how the clips below fit into the overall six-reel structure of the movie, go to the FILM'S HOMEPAGE.
  • FAILURE OF CROPS COMPELLED THE SELLING OF THE SLAVES

  • ALL EVENING THEY ARGUED OVER WHOM TO BUY AND SELL

  • *LATE AT NIGHT THEY AGREED, AND ELIZA OVERHEARD

  • ON THE BOAT, UNCLE TOM MADE FRIENDS WITH LITTLE EVA

  • *[ST. CLARE BUYS TOM FROM HALEY]

  • *IT WAS UNCLE TOM'S DUTY TO TAKE CARE OF EVA

  • "TOPSY, YOU MUST ALWAYS BE GOOD"

  • *EVA WENT TO PLAY WITH THE ANGELS [PART 2]

  • *AT THE AUCTION HUMAN BEINGS WERE SOLD LIKE ANIMALS

  • "TOM, BEAT THAT WOMAN FOR LOAFING"

  • *"YOU'RE NO GOOD, YOU HELPED THOSE TWO NIGGERS ESCAPE"

  • *"A 100 LASHES A DAY UNTIL THEY COME BACK"

  • "UNCLE TOM, IT'S GEORGE"

  • *"I'M GOING TO MY LITTLE EVA"



  • The 1914 World Producing Corp.'s film version was the first, and I think one of the very few of the 11 silent movies made out of the novel, to feature an African American actor (instead of a white in blackface) in the role of Tom. For more on the film, go to the FILM'S HOMEPAGE. To see how the clips below fit into the film's overall structure, go to THIS PAGE.
  • *TITLE SEQUENCE

  • MANY SLAVES RAN AWAY TO ESCAPE UNJUST TREATMENT BY THEIR MASTERS

  • GEORGE SHELBY & HIS FAITHFUL SERVANT UNCLE TOM

  • *[THE FREEMAN'S DEFENSE]

  • *BOUND FOR NEW ORLEANS, UNCLE TOM MEETS ST. CLAIR & LITTLE EVA

  • ST. CLAIR BUYS UNCLE TOM FOR EVA

  • *2 YEARS LATER. UNCLE TOM TELLS EVA OF THE NEW JERUSALEM

  • *TOPSY. SHE WASN'T BORN, SHE JUST GROWED

  • AUNT OPHELIA UPBRAIDS TOPSY FOR STEALING

  • "TOPSY, I LOVE YOU & IF YOU LOVE ME, YOU WILL PROMISE NEVER TO STEAL AGAIN"

  • EVA EXACTS A PROMISE FROM HER FATHER TO FREE UNCLE TOM

  • "IN HEAVEN ABOVE, WHERE ALL IS LOVE, WE'LL MEET TO PART NO MORE"

  • THE SLAVE MARKET

  • *"GOD HELP THE POOR WRETCHES HE IS BRINGING TO THIS HELL ON EARTH"

  • TOM IS PUT TO WORK IN THE FIELDS WITH THE OTHER SLAVES

  • EMMELINE IS MADE HOUSE-KEEPER, & CASSY IS SENT TO WORK IN THE FIELDS

  • *THAT AFTERNOON [PART 2 OF 3]

  • *THAT AFTERNOON [PART 3 OF 3]

  • SYMPATHY FOR THE POOR OLD SLAVE CREATES A DESIRE FOR REVENGE IN THE HEART OF THE BOY WHOM UNCLE TOM REFUSED TO WHIP

  • *"THE LAWD HAS GIVEN ME THE VICTORY! I DIE CONTENT KNOWIN' YOU ALL DID NOT FORGET OLD UNCLE TOM" [PART 1 OR 3]

  • *[PART 2 OF 3]

  • *[PART 3 OF 3]


  • And finally, please watch all 16 clips from the last silent film version of the novel, the 1927 Universal Super-Jewel production. They're available at THIS PAGE. This was advertised as the most expensive movie ever made.
    If you're on a fast machine and you want to push the E-nvelope a little, you can try comparing the same scenes from different films (like Eva's death), or different scenes from the same film (like Eva's death vs. Tom's) in the site's SCREENING ROOM -- but this is only a "recommendation," not a part of the assignment for Monday. As always, if any of this is unclear, or hard to locate, please let me know by e-mail.

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