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  • Actors: Lindsay Anderson
  • Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G2S49K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NARRATED BY LINDSAY ANDERSON

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.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Winklefriend on October 12, 2009
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Most film documentaries feature film clips and interviews and this one follows the tradition. Just h-o-w Mr. Griffith created his masterpieces and interviews from those who knew and worked with him highlight this tribute. His rise, fall and legacy are documented with respect for the subject and what he left behind. Another fine portrait from Messrs. Brownlow and Gill, who have been of inestimable value in documenting the heritage of silent films.
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By Barbara Helen on August 10, 2014
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What a fantastic, informative bio!
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