Originally one of the four intercut stories in D.W. Griffith’s 1916 epic Intolerance, this “modern” episode—involving a mother’s struggle with the impersonal law for the life of her working-class son—was released in 1919 as a self-standing feature and is being shown here in that form. Film Center director Richard Pena will give an accompanying lecture on Griffith’s narrative innovations as embodied in the film.