Even though the movie seems like a satire againstdomestic violence, I think Alice Guy tried more to illustrate the cultural shock a foreign couple experiences when they immigrate to a country with opposite habits and customs.
* If she wanted tohighlight domestic violence, I think she would have used a more serious way to deal with this sensitive topic (on the other hand, the audience during that time may have not perceived this movie as acomedy).
* Moreover, the USA is depicted as a country where domestic abuse is not tolerated (according to encyclopedia.com, “wife beating” became illegal in all states only in 1920; this movie wasmade in 1912) so unless Alice Guy was very naïve about the USA, this movie is not about how American people treat their wives better than Russian people.
* If it were really about domesticabuse, why not depicting domestic abuse in the western world instead of illustrating it through a couple that comes from a “barbaric” country.
Therefore, this movie is not really about domestic...