D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film

Director: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill Cast: Sam Wanamaker, Lindsay Anderson

DVD (Black & White)

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Overview

Two of the most renowned film historian-archivists, Kevin Brownlow (Abel Gance's Napoleon) and David Gill, team up for this epic three-part documentary on the rise and fall of David Wark "D.W." Griffith, still widely regarded by many as the most brilliant and intuitive filmmaker in modern history. Brownlow and Gill draw on meticulously-chosen film clips to illustrate how Griffith virtually reinvented filmmaking from 1908-1916, during his tenure at the Biograph film studios, courtesy of revolutionary advancements in cinematographic and acting techniques that enabled him to single-handedly define film grammar. Gill and Brownlow reveal how this culminated in Griffith's technically marvelous yet morally indefensible epic The Birth of a Nation (1915), an ironic development given Hollywood's complete abandonment of Griffith with the advent of sound. Revealing interviews with heavyweights including Lillian Gish, Karl Brown, Blanche Sweet, cinematographer Stanley Cortez and others supplement the material.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2008
UPC: 0738329064129
Original Release: 1993
Source: Kino Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:36:00
Sales rank: 60,683

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- D.W. Griffith: Father of Film
1. Opening Titles [5:41]
2. A Family Heritage [4:26]
3. Called to the Stage [4:14]
4. At the Helm [4:05]
5. New Approaches [3:03]
6. Realizing His Value [3:27]
7. Dreaming Big [2:15]
8. The Clansman [5:44]
9. War! [6:15]
10. Race, Hatred [5:35]
11. A Riotous Reception [4:00]
12. Lingering Effects [3:27]
1. Opening Titles [2:32]
2. An Epic Evolves [3:04]
3. Great Expectations [7:21]
4. Unparalleled Editing [4:50]
5. The Great War [3:49]
6. Hearts of the World [5:57]
7. Broken Blossoms [3:51]
8. Performance [2:55]
9. Brute Force [4:31]
10. Way Down East [2:04]
11. The Ice Floe [7:14]
12. Passages [4:30]
1. Opening Titles [1:11]
2. Orphans of the Storm [7:03]
3. Growth and Change [6:09]
4. America [5:48]
5. Isn't Life Wonderful [6:14]
6. The Sorrow of Satan [3:49]
7. Problems Producing [1:34]
8. Abraham Lincoln [1:57]
9. The Struggle [4:28]
10. Looking Back [2:26]
11. Proper Recognition [2:20]
12. Twilight [9:48]

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