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Published on Oct 13, 2009
Rescued from an Eagle's Nest is a 1908 American silent action-drama co-directed by Edwin S Porter and J. Searle Dawley for the Edison film studios. This film features the first acting performance of the seminal American filmmaker D. W. Griffith, whose directorial debut was released later that year. In the opening scene, he exits a cabin. This appearance was prompted by being both broke and stranded in New York after the failure of a play he authored. He responded to an Edison studios offer of $15 per treatment with a script idea which was based on the Puccini opera, Tosca. Porter rejected Griffith's treatment then offered him the lead role in this production. Six months later he directed his first film for Biograph. Only one other film in which Griffith appears as an actor survives. A print of Rescue survives in the Museum of Modern Art film archive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescued_...