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.
Shop Home Video

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

Cast
D. W. Griffith

Crew
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.

Interested in bringing D.W. Griffith: Father of Film to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 7:00pm
RT @dcft_thefilm: The juxtaposition of @dcft_thefilm at #VintageLosFeliz3 between #Cars3 & #ItComesAtNight is a #marqueesandwich wonder to…
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 6:15pm
Our Blu-ray release of Jacques Demy's THE PIED PIPER gets a shoutout from J. Hoberman in @nytimesarts… https://t.co/dkBpbpU8r1
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 5:39pm
RT @QuadCinema: Thrilled to hear our friends @zeitgeistfilms & @KinoLorber are joining forces--good people fighting the good fight: https:/…
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 5:32pm
RT @FilmQuarterly: Michelle Citron and Bill Morrison's films are reviewed. Chicago fans of found footage films can catch them both... https…
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 5:32pm
RT @zeitgeistfilms: Hidden in this article about our exciting partnership with @KinoLorber is an announcement of our newest film! https://t…
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 3:50pm
Q&A with composer @AlexSomersMusic at Sunday's 4:15pm screening of DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME at the Vintage Los Feliz https://t.co/768lvBHwtP
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 3:22pm
RT @RealArtWays: Dawson City: Frozen Time - Astounding reviews. Opening Friday for a weeklong, open-ended run. 7:10 PM nightly + 2:55 PM ma…
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 3:21pm
RT @decasia: Dawson City: Frozen Time @dcft_thefilm expands to 4 more theaters in LA today. Here is the #marquee at #VintageLosFeliz3 @Kino…
@KinoLorber on Jun. 23 2017 at 1:43pm
RT @cineslate: 2night @SpectacleNYC post PAULINA screening: skype Q&A w/ @SantiagoMitre & Jennifer Hernandez-Baniqued @SafeHorizon https://…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing rodrigo@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com