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Silent Movie History - D.W. Griffith


Birth of a Nation Reviewed (Vanity Fair, 1915)

One of Conde Nast's most popular magazines reviewed D.W. Griffith's film, "The Birth of a Nation" and gave a somewhat balanced account of the production. The journalist clearly recognized that the movie was "unfair to the Negro" yet "remarkable for it's photography".

(Editors Note: The scan is poor and we recommend that you print the review for better legibility.)

 

D.W. Griffith in the 'Vanity Fair Hall of Fame' (Vanity Fair, 1918)

Sweet words of praise were heaped high for the silent film director D.W. Griffith when he was selected by VANITY FAIR magazine to be one of their anointed ones:

"Because he was for many years an excellent actor and a leading man on Broadway; because he went into moving pictures as a an actor and emerged from them as a producer;because the greater the magnitude of the task ahead of him the more the prospect pleases him; because he invented the high-priced movies; because he has employed upwards of 5,000 people in a single scene; because he is an excellent musician and wrote the orchestral music for 'Hearts of the World', the most sensational moving picture of recent years."film production check summary single business ethics articles display cases imaging old magazine film production check summary single business ethics articles display cases imaging old magazine film production check summary single

 

D.W. Griffith: His Minor Masterworks (Rob Wagner's Script, 1946)

In 1946 the Museum of Modern Art Film Department decided to exhibit only the most famous films of D.W. Griffith for the retrospective that was being launched to celebrate the famed director. This enormous omission inspired film critic Herb Sterne (1906 - 1995) to think again about the large body of work that the director created and, putting pen to paper, he wrote:

"Because of the museum's lack of judgment, the Griffith collection it has chosen to circulate is woefully incomplete, thereby giving contemporary students of the motion picture a distorted and erroneous impression of the scope of the man's achievements."

The Griffith films Sterne examined in this article are "Hearts of the West", "The Greatest Thing in Life", and "The Romance of Happy Valley".

To read a 1924 article regarding Hollywood film executive Irving Thalberg, click here.

 

Lillian Gish Recalls Birth of a Nation (Stage Magazine, 1937)

Twenty-two years after wrap was called on the set of "The Birth of a Nation", leading lady Lillian Gish (1893 - 1993), put pen to paper and wrote this reminiscence about her days on the set with D.W. Griffith:

"In 'Birth of a Nation' we used as many as six hundred people, and the complete cost of the picture was ninety-one thousand dollars. It was the first motion picture to run for two hours, and to be shown in a legitimate theater twice a day at theater prices... D.W. Griffith had his reward however, when President Wilson saw it at the White House and said, 'It is like writing history with lightening, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.'"

*Watch the Trailer for BIRTH of a NATION*

 

Back-Handed Compliments for D.W. Griffith (Rob Wagner's Script Magazine, 1948)

This 1940s Hollywood journalist refrained from using the pejorative "white cracker" while condemning silent film director D.W. Griffith for his racial views -and yet at the same time did something rather bold in that he put in print his views that the man has been erroneously credited as the creator of various assorted film innovations that were pioneered by other filmmakers.

 

Publicity Spot for D.W. Griffith (Vanity Fair, 1919)

A thumbnail biography of the celebrated silent film director,D.W. Griffith, appears on a page from a fashionable magazine paid for by the publicity office of the film studio. Directors back in the teens had to be fluffed and soothed, too.

*Watch a D.W. Griffith Film Clip*

 

 
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