Soul of Youth (1920) – Irish Premiere

Soul of Youth (1920) – Irish Premiere
George Bernard Shaw Theatre – 8pm

The Soul of Youth (1920), B&W, 80 mins.
William Desmond Taylor’s socially-conscious film takes on a series of issues through one boy’s story, beginning with unwanted newborns and going on to loveless orphanages and homeless street youths before finding a solution through the relatively new juvenile court movement. Described at the time as “practically the first recognition of a demand for original juvenile fiction in the movies.” The film will be screened with live musical accompaniment.

The Soul of Youth (1920) was preserved by the Library of Congress and featured in the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD set, Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934.


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