D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

Directed by David Gill and Kevin Brownlow

Year: 1993
Running Time: 155
Color Type: Color and B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.K.
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D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

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D. W. Griffith

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Directed by David Gill and Kevin Brownlow


In this acclaimed three-part documentary, celebrated film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill (Unknown Chaplin, Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow) tell the proud, sad story of D.W. Griffith (1875-1948): the man who first brought artistry and ambition to the movies, and then, having dragged a reluctant American film industry to international prominence, found it had no more use for him.

Judiciously chosen film clips illustrate exactly how, within seven years of going to work for the Biograph Studios in 1908, Griffith painstakingly refined camera and acting techniques; how trial and error led him to create a grammar that was the cinema’s own; and how, in 1915, he presented the fully-fledged film masterwork The Birth of a Nation.

Griffith strove to outdo himself in skill, spectacle and soaring ambition, and Brownlow and Gill illuminate the successes that highlighted his career: Intolerance, Broken Blossoms, Way Down East and Orphans of the Storm. A wealth of background detail is provided by vivid accounts of Griffith at work (from Lillian Gish, Blanche Sweet, Karl Brown, Stanley Cortez, among others), and by a comprehensive account of the great controversy sparked by The Birth of a Nation.

With its extensive historic details and dazzling extracts from beautifully tinted prints, Brownlow and Gill's three-part documentary is the perfect reminder of just how great Griffith's achievements were.
Notes by Tom Milne.

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