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D. W. Griffith

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Birth nameDavid Llewelyn Wark Griffith
Birth dateJanuary 22, 1875
Date of deathJuly 23, 1948(age 73)
OccupationActor, film director, film producer
Years active1908 � 1931
SpouseLinda Arvidson (1906 � 1936)
Evelyn Baldwin (1936 � 1947)

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David Llewelyn Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 � July 23, 1948) was a premier pioneering American film director. He is best known as the director of the controversial and groundbreaking 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance (1916).

Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation made pioneering use of advanced camera and narrative techniques, and its immense popularity set the stage for the dominance of the feature-length film. However, it also proved extremely controversial at the time and ever since for its negative depiction of Black Americans and their supporters, and its positive portrayal of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. Griffith responded to his critics with his next film, Intolerance, intended to show the dangers of prejudiced thought and behavior. The film was not the financial success that its predecessor had been, but was received warmly by critics. Several of his later films were also successful, but high production, promotional, and roadshow costs often made his ventures commercial failures. However, he is generally considered one of the most important figures of early cinema.

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Patch---DW Griffith-, a filmmaker, who made the loathsome, "Birth Of A Nation" that sings the praises of the KKK. Accordingly, there's talk of turning it into a rock ... - Date : Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:03:33 GMT+00:00
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California Chronicle--In fact, his second film "Within our Gates" was a response to -DW Griffith's- "The Birth of a Nation," which had glorified the Ku Klux Klan. ... - Date : Tue, 22 Jun 2010 09:54:00 GMT+00:00
Rand Paul and DW Griffith - Newsweek (blog) Tweet this news
Newsweek (blog)--Some of that old-time, race-based attitude-a Kentucky mix of romantic benevolence and cruel disdain (immortalized in -DW Griffith's- Birth of a Nation)-has ... - Date : Thu, 20 May 2010 14:52:30 GMT+00:00
3D Mania: A New Dimension in Movies - Southern Pines Pilot Tweet this news
Southern Pines Pilot---...- splicers, framing knobs, anything and everything associated with motion pictures since the days of Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin and -DW Griffith-. ... - Date : Sun, 23 May 2010 17:07:44 GMT+00:00
'Jaws' opened blockbluster season in industry - Daily Comet Tweet this news
Daily Comet--You won't find “The Birth of a Nation” playing the art-house revival circuit, and with good reason; -DW Griffith's- three-hour epic about the Civil War and ... - Date : Fri, 21 May 2010 19:14:21 GMT+00:00
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch (blog)--Name the movie studio founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and -DW Griffith-. 9. What is significant about the baseball game on May 24 ... - Date : Sat, 22 May 2010 15:46:29 GMT+00:00

Films directed by D. W. Griffith

1908-1913Hundreds - see complete D. W. Griffith filmography
1914-1916Waifs * The Massacre * Judith of Bethulia * Battle of the Sexes (lost) * Brute Force * Home, Sweet Home * The Escape * The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill * The Birth of a Nation * A Day with Governor Whitman * Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
1917-1919A Liberty Bond Appeal * Hearts of the World * The Great Love * Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal * The World of Columbus * The Greatest Thing in Life (lost) * A Romance of Happy Valley * The Girl Who Stayed at Home * Broken Blossoms * True Heart Susie * The Fall of Babylon * The Mother and the Law * Scarlet Days * The Greatest Question
1920sThe Idol Dancer * Remodeling Her Husband * The Love Flower * Way Down East * Dream Street * Orphans of the Storm * One Exciting Night * Mammy's Boy * The White Rose * America * Isn't Life Wonderful * Sally of the Sawdust * That Royle Girl * The Sorrows of Satan * Topsy and Eva * Drums of Love * The Battle of the Sexes * Lady of the Pavements
1930sAbraham Lincoln * The Struggle

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