Early life[ edit ] Griffith c. Griffith was raised a Methodist and he attended a one-room schoolhouse where he was taught by his older sister Mattie.
There has been a tendency in modern film scholarship to view the narrative form of motion pictures as a development of an overall production system.
Although narrative film was and continues to be strongly influenced by a combination of economic, technological, and social… Early life and influences D. Griffith, the son of Jacob Griffith, a former Confederate colonel, was born in a tiny hamlet not far from LouisvilleKentucky.
The family was impoverished upon the death of Jacob, when David was 10 years old. After a brief stay with relatives, the family moved to Louisville.
He became, successively, an elevator operator in a dry-goods store and a clerk in a bookstore. Griffith began an acting career with several amateur theatre groups and made his professional debut in small roles with a stock company at the Temple Theatre.
A barnstorming career with various touring companies followed, concluding with a Boston engagement in the spring of Following that engagement, Griffith completed a play, A Fool and a Girl, based on his personal experiences in the California hop fields, which was produced in Washington, D. The play was a failure despite the presence of Fannie Ward in the leading role.
After the closing of the play, Griffith wrote a second play, War, which was based on events that occurred in the American Revolution.
This later play remains unproduced. On the advice of a former acting colleague, Griffith sold some scenarios for one-reel films, first to Edwin Porterthe director of the Edison Film Company, and then to the Biograph Companyboth located in New York City.
When an opening for a director developed at Biograph, Griffith was hired. During the next five years, from toGriffith made more than films for Biograph, the majority in the one-reel format, lasting approximately 12 minutes.
His first film was The Adventures of Dollieabout a baby stolen by and recovered from Gypsies. During the latter part of his employment, he experimented with longer films; his last Biograph film, Judith of Bethuliaa biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, based loosely on a play of the same title by Thomas Bailey Aldrichcomprised four reels.
During his Biograph period D. Griffith introduced or refined the techniques of motion-picture exposition, including the close-up, a film shot in which a single object or face filled the screen; the scenic long shot, showing an entire panoramic view; and cross-cutting, a technique of editing scenes at various locations together and intermixing them to give the impression to the viewer that the separate actions were happening simultaneously.
With the assistance of his brilliant cinematographer, G. Griffith introduced to the screen young actors and actresses who were to become the motion-picture personages of the future.
The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance In Griffith left Biograph and entered into an agreement with Mutual Films for the direction and supervision of motion pictures. From this association, among other films, came The Birth of a Nation.
The film was subsequently lionized for its radical technique and condemned for its racist philosophy. After screenings of the film had caused riots at several theatres, however, The Birth of a Nation was censored in many cities, including New York City, and Griffith became an ardent opponent of censorship of the motion picture.
His next important film, Intolerancewas, in part, an answer to his critics. Intolerance, a film of epic proportions, combined four separate stories: The giant settings, especially the one representing ancient Babylon, have remained a benchmark for motion-picture spectacle, and the opulent settings for 16th-century Paris were almost equally impressive.
Griffith interwove the four stories in an increasingly complex manner until all were brought to resolution in a controlled torrent of images that still leaves the viewer breathless. Only the contemporary story was given a happy ending. The film ends with an allegorical plea for the end of war through divine intervention, indicated through superimpositions of heavenly hosts above a flower-strewn battlefield.
The film was an artistic success on its presentation in New York City on September 5,but proved to be a financial failure.Life and work.
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Griffith; Hell's Angels (Höllenflieger) directed by Howard. Sy Scholfield quotes from the biography by Richard Schickel, "D.W. Griffith: An American Life" (Simon & Schuster ), p. 16, which gives date and place and a birth . D.W. Griffith was an American filmmaker who is considered by many to be the most influential figure in the history of cinema.
He began his career as a stage actor and writer in the first part of the 20th century. Jun 14, · Directed by D.W.
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claiming that "the beginning of Negro equality is the beginning of the end of this nation's life." Griffith continued his career in Britain for a short time. He shot his next motion picture. For D.W. Griffith, life was a spontaneous adventure. For years he travelled around the country trying to find success as an actor and playwright, and failing at both endeavors.
His failure would.