Died Today (July 23rd) D.W. Griffith (1875–1948)

Festival Reviews

dwgriffith.jpgD.W. Griffith (1875–1948)

Born: January 22, 1875 in LaGrange, Kentucky, USA
Died: July 23, 1948 (age 73) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

He has been called “the father of film technique,” “the man who invented Hollywood,” and “the Shakespeare of the screen”.

In 1920, he established United Artists with Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford.

Sometimes, whether you like it or not you have to give the devil his due. D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” may be an embarrassing reminder of the dark side of our history that we’d just as soon sweep under the rug, but for better or worse it invented the feature film as we know it.

WAY DOWN EASTWAY DOWN EAST
1920
dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring
Lillian Gish
Richard Barthlemess
INTOLERANCEIntolerance
1916
dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring
Mae Marsh
Robert Harron
MOVIEJUDITH OF BETHULIA
1914
dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring:
Blanche Sweet
Henry B. Walthall
MOVIEAN UNSEEN ENEMY

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