D. W. Griffith: Interviews

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D. W. Griffith (1875-1948) is one of the most influential figures in the history of the motion picture. As director of The Birth of a Nation, he is also one of the most controversial. He raised the cinema to a new level of art, entertainment, and innovation, and at the same time he illustrated, for the first time, its potential to influence an audience and propagandize a cause.

Collected together here are virtually all of the "interviews" given by D. W. Griffith from the first ...

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D. W. Griffith (1875-1948) is one of the most influential figures in the history of the motion picture. As director of The Birth of a Nation, he is also one of the most controversial. He raised the cinema to a new level of art, entertainment, and innovation, and at the same time he illustrated, for the first time, its potential to influence an audience and propagandize a cause.

Collected together here are virtually all of the "interviews" given by D. W. Griffith from the first in 1914 to the last in 1948. Some of the interviews concentrate on specific films, including The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and, most substantially, Hearts of the World, while others provide the director with an opportunity to expound on topics of personal interest, including the importance of proper exhibition of his and other's films, and his search for truth and beauty on screen.

The interviews are taken from many sources, including leading newspapers, trade papers, and fan magazines. They are often marked by humor and by a desire to please the interviewer and thus the reader. Griffith may not have been particularly enthusiastic about giving interviews, but he seems always determined to put on a good show.

Ultimately, D. W. Griffith: Interviews provides the reader with a unique insight into the mind and filmmaking techniques of a director whose work and philosophy is as relevant today as it was when he was at the height of his fame in the 1910s and 1920s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617032981
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 7/2/2012
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,038,064
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Slide is the author of seventy-five books, including The Griffith Actress and The Films of D. W. Griffith, co-authored with Edward Wagenknecht. In 1990, he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Bowling Green University, at which time he was hailed by Griffith's most famous actress, Lillian Gish, as "our preeminent historian of the silent film."

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chronology xvii

Filmography xxv

At the Sign of the Flaming Arcs George Blaisdell/1914 3

David W. Griffith Speaks Robert E. Welsh/1914 6

A Poet Who Writes on Motion Picture Films Theatre Magazine/1914 11

Editorials in Films New York Dramatic Mirror/1914 16

D. W. Griffith Answers Two Vital Questions Robert Grau/1914 18

D. W. Griffith Producer of the World's Biggest Picture New York American/1915 20

Five Dollar Movies Prophesied Richard Barry/1915 23

Interviews with Prominent Directors: "And the Greatest of These Is" David W. Griffith Roberta Courtlandt/1915 28

The Story of David Wark Griffith: Part One Henry Stephen Gordon/1916 31

The Story of David Wark Griffith: Part Two Henry Stephen Gordon/1916 37

The Story of David Wark Griffith: Part Three Henry Stephen Gordon/1916 46

The Story of David Wark Griffith: Part Four Henry Stephen Gordon/1916 52

The Story of David Wark Griffith: Part Five Henry Stephen Gordon/1916 58

The Real Story of Intolerance Henry Stephen Gordon/1916 63

The Making of a Masterpiece Edward Weitzel/1916 70

The Film World's Greatest Achievement Pictures and Picturegoer/1917 73

D. W. Griffith Champions England's Natural Light Moving Picture World/1917 79

Took Scenes in the Trenches New York Times/1917 80

Griffith Returns from the Front with Official Pictures Made under Fire-will Use Them in a Film Spectacle of War Exhibitors Trade Review/1917 81

Griffith-and the Great War Paul H. Dowling/1918 85

Griffith, Maker of Battle Scenes, Sees Real War Harry C. Carr/1918 92

Pictures and Projectiles New York Times/1918 98

Life and the Photodrama Harry C. Carr/1918 100

How Griffith Picks His Leading Women Harry C. Carr/1918 104

Humanity's Language New York Times/1919 108

Griffith Points Out Need of Tragedy on the Screen; Likes San Francisco Moving Picture World/1919 111

The Poet-Philosopher of the Photoplay Hazel Simpson Naylor/1919 113

Exhibitor is a Co-Artist, Says D. W. Griffith, Returns from Los Angeles to Open Eastern Studio Exhibitors Trade Review/1919 117

The Filming of Way Down East Charles Gatchell/1920 121

The Moral and the Immoral Photoplay Frederick James Smith/1920 129

The Greatest Moving Picture Producer in the World Mary B. Mullett/1921 132

Griffith Reveals Sartorial Secrets Los Angeles Times/1921 133

D. W. Griffith's Screen Version of The Two Orphans Would Fill Its Author with Awe Edward Weitzel/1921 135

An Intimate Closeup of D. W. Griffith Movie Weekly/1922 140

Griffith: Maker of Pictures Harry C. Carr/1922 143

The Genius of a Masterpiece Shadowland/1922 151

Griffith Film Stirs Anger of Parisians New York Times/1922 152

Stereoscopic Films New York Times/1922 155

In and Out of Focus: D. W. Griffith Louella Parsons/1922 157

What are the Chances of a Beginner Photoplay/1923 160

D. W. Griffith is Struggling to Pay His Debts Sara Redway/1925 162

How Do You Like the Show? Myron M. Stearns/1926 168

Don't Blame the Movies! Blame Life! Selma Robinson/1926 175

He Might Be the Richest Man in the World Frederick James Smith/1926 180

His Best Pictures Were the Least Expensive, Says "D. W." Tom Waller/1927 184

D. W. Griffith Addresses the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences AMPAS Bulletin/1928 185

Walter Huston Interviews D. W. Griffith Walter Huston/1930 187

David Wark Griffith Tells 'Em Motion Picture Herald/1933 189

The Star-Maker Whose Dreams Turned to Dust Mildred Mastin/1934 192

Film Master is Not Proud of Films: "They Do Not Endure" Daily Express/1935 197

D. W. Griffith Tells Plans Which Include Picture Making Grace Kingsley/1936 198

Return of a Master Herb Sterne/1939 201

Griffith Back to Live Here "for Half Century" James Warnak/1944 204

"Cinema's Fullest Scope Still Ahead"-D. W. Griffith Fred W. Fox/1947 206

Forty-Seven Questions from Seymour Stern to D. W. Griffith Seymour Stern/1947 209

Flash-Back to Griffith Ezra Goodman/1948 212

The Writings of D. W. Griffith 219

Index 221

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