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D.W. Griffith

Director

“A film without a message is just a waste of time.”

 

Biography

Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob “Roaring Jake” Griffith, a Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. He grew up with his father’s romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history. In 1897, Griffith set out to pursue a career both acting and writing for the theater but for the most part was unsuccessful. Reluctantly, he agreed to act in the new motion picture medium for Edwin S. Porter at the Edison Company. Griffith was eventually offered a job at the financially struggling American Mutoscope & Biograph [us] where he directed over 450 short films, experimenting with the story-telling techniques he would later perfect in his epic The Birth of a Nation (1915). Griffith and his personal cinematographer G.W. Bitzer collaborated to create and perfect such cinematic devices as the flashback, the iris shot, the mask, and crosscutting. In the years following Birth… read more

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Tom Elce

31Oct12

It would be worth adding "The Unchanging Sea."

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Namita Nair

17Jul12

Sunbeam?

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dovic

3Mar12

Please add "The Mended Lute".

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diego_vargas

8Sep11

“Cinema is the wind in the trees” D. W. Griffith

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Greatest Director of 1900/19

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D.W. Griffith names 50 best films up to 1930

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