Griffith Masterworks 2

Griffith Masterworks 2

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Director: D.W. Griffith, Kevin Brownlow, David Gill

Cast: Carol Dempster

     
 
To date, this D.W. Griffith epic is the only talking-picture effort to encapsulate the entire life of Abraham Lincoln, from cradle to grave. The script, credited to Stephen Vincent Benet, manages to include all the familiar high points, including Lincoln's tragic romance with Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel, allegedly cast because of her resemblance to Griffith favorite

Overview

To date, this D.W. Griffith epic is the only talking-picture effort to encapsulate the entire life of Abraham Lincoln, from cradle to grave. The script, credited to Stephen Vincent Benet, manages to include all the familiar high points, including Lincoln's tragic romance with Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel, allegedly cast because of her resemblance to Griffith favorite Lillian Gish), his lawyer days in Illinois, his contentious marriage to Mary Todd (Kay Hammond), his heartbreaking decision to declare war upon the South, his pardoning of a condemned sentry during the Civil War, and his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth (expansively portrayed by Ian Keith). This was D.W. Griffith's first talkie, and the master does his best with the somewhat pedantic dialogue sequences; but as always, Griffith's forte was spectacle and montage, as witness the cross-cut scenes of Yankees and Rebels marching off to war and the pulse-pounding ride of General Sheridan (Frank Campeau) through the Shenandoah Valley. Thanks to the wizardry of production designer William Cameron Menzies, many of the scenes appear far more elaborate than they really were; Menzies can also be credited with the unforgettable finale, as Honest Abe's Kentucky log cabin dissolves to the Lincoln Memorial. As Abraham Lincoln, Walter Huston is a tower of strength, making even the most florid of speeches sound human and credible; only during the protracted death scene of Ann Rutledge does Huston falter, and then the fault is as much Griffith's as his. Road-shown at nearly two hours (including a prologue showing slaves being brought to America), Abraham Lincoln was pared down to 97 minutes by United Artists, and in that length it proved a box-office success, boding well for D.W. Griffith's future in talkies (alas, it proved to be his next-to-last film; Griffith's final effort, The Struggle was a financial disaster).

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
UPC:
0738329064525
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
11:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Dempster Sally
Lillian Gish Anna Moore
Spottiswood Aitken The uncle
Walter Huston Abraham Lincoln
Donald Crisp Actor
Kay Hammond Mary Todd Lincoln
Richard Barthelmess David Bartlett
Sam Wanamaker Actor
W.C. Fields Prof. Eustace P. McGargle
Alfred Lunt Peyton Lennox
Josephine Crowell Her mother
Lindsay Anderson Narrator
Lowell Sherman Lennox Sanderson
Una Merkel Ann Rutledge
Burr McIntosh Squire Bartlett
Erville Alderson Judge Henry L. Foster
Jason Robards Herndon
Robert Harron The Grocer's boy
Creighton Hale Prof. Sterling
Effie Shannon Mrs. Foster
Ian Keith John Wilkes Booth
Ralph Lewis The Detective

Technical Credits
D.W. Griffith Director
Kevin Brownlow Director
David Gill Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: The Avenging Conscience
1. Opening Titles [1:23]
2. An Indulgent Guardian [1:42]
3. Into Manhood [3:51]
4. The Wanderers [3:02]
5. Forbidden Love [4:37]
6. At the Party [4:57]
7. Midday Frolic [2:46]
8. A Heart Embittered [4:23]
9. The Last Aching Look [2:44]
10. The Evil Thought [3:53]
11. The Plan [2:55]
12. The Spider and the Fly [4:40]
13. The Witness [3:57]
14. Covering His Tracks [5:26]
15. The Spectre [5:56]
16. Coming Unraveled [2:27]
17. The Avenging Conscience [3:26]
18. Pursuing Fate [6:16]
19. The Vision [3:48]
20. The Stand-Off [2:41]
21. Ending It All [2:33]
22. Awakening [2:59]
23. A Welcome Visitor [:54]
24. Paradise [3:04]
Disc #2 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Abraham Lincoln/The Struggle
1. Opening Titles [2:02]
2. The Prologue [3:06]
3. With Child [1:23]
4. Story of a Man [4:22]
5. Young Love [7:25]
6. Unbearable Loss [2:47]
7. The Cold, Cold Ground [2:34]
8. Undaunted [2:50]
9. A Chance to Dance [4:56]
10. The Fugitive Groom [2:02]
11. On the Stump [6:35]
12. Gathering Clouds [1:08]
13. The White House [3:27]
14. A Nation at War [4:18]
15. Dispatches [3:23]
16. The Deserter [8:40]
17. Freedom Day [4:33]
18. Maneuvers [6:32]
19. Standing Ground [4:22]
20. Battered, Broken [3:42]
21. United, Free [3:01]
22. Conspirators [3:47]
23. The Ford Theatre [4:43]
24. Immortal [1:52]
1. Opening Titles [1:42]
2. 1911 [3:06]
3. 1923 [5:58]
4. Paternity [2:47]
5. The Daily Grind [5:07]
6. The Bounce [4:12]
7. Lookin' Funny [6:20]
8. A Swell Party [6:57]
9. The Escapee [5:05]
10. The Morning After [3:10]
11. Getting Tight [3:39]
12. Dames [2:59]
13. The Love Nest [7:11]
14. Down and Out [4:02]
15. The Skids [4:49]
16. Delirium [4:26]
17. Reunion [2:47]
18. Tough Work [2:44]
Disc #3 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Sally of the Sawdust
1. Opening Titles [:57]
2. A Family Divided [5:39]
3. The Easy-Going Circus [6:44]
4. After the Crowds [3:56]
5. "Hey Rube!" [4:15]
6. A Proper Family [2:03]
7. The Wanderers [6:56]
8. A Hot Time [6:38]
9. Green Meadow Carnival [2:17]
10. Pilgrimage [8:29]
11. The Persecution [3:36]
12. Carnival Follies [3:49]
13. After Hours [4:38]
14. The Dance Recital [5:18]
15. Sally in Her Splendor [3:15]
16. A Private Dance [4:42]
17. Pinched [6:27]
18. Pop to the Rescue [4:37]
19. Her Day in Court [4:30]
20. Car Trouble [7:13]
21. Busting Out [6:54]
22. Pop's Wild Ride [6:11]
23. The Judge's Opinion [3:34]
24. A New Game [1:21]
Disc #4 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Way Down East
1. Opening Titles [3:46]
2. Home, Sweet Home [3:32]
3. The Bridge Whist Party [7:32]
4. Bartlett Village [2:22]
5. The Tremont Ball [3:11]
6. The Fox [4:15]
7. Aunty's Place [4:14]
8. Evil Plans [4:34]
9. The Bridal Suite [2:30]
10. Simple Life [5:26]
11. A New Hope [1:29]
12. His Old Ways [2:38]
13. A Tender New Reason [6:36]
14. Anna and Her Shame [3:39]
15. The Baptism [1:55]
16. The Cold Hand [2:20]
17. Pilgrimage [4:27]
18. Arrivals [7:30]
19. Kate's Homecoming [3:32]
20. Sanderson Comes Calling [4:49]
21. David and Anna [2:53]
22. Part Two: Opening Title [2:12]
23. A Rural Idyll [3:48]
24. A Clumsy Courtship [3:38]
25. A Winter Chill [2:57]
26. The Sewing Circle [5:33]
27. Hope of Forgiveness [3:38]
28. The Warm-Up [7:34]
29. The Interloper [3:25]
30. The Ugly Truth [4:17]
31. The Squire's Inquiry [4:53]
32. Cast Out [6:46]
33. The Storm [2:21]
34. The Sugar Camp [3:30]
35. The Ice Break [6:08]
36. A New Day [5:33]
Disc #5 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: D.W. Griffith - Father of Film
1. Opening Titles [5:41]
2. A Family Heritage [4:26]
3. Called to the Stage [4:14]
4. At the Helm [4:05]
5. New Approaches [3:03]
6. Realizing His Value [3:27]
7. Dreaming Big [2:15]
8. The Clansman [5:44]
9. War! [6:15]
10. Race, Hatred [5:35]
11. A Riotous Reception [4:00]
12. Lingering Effects [3:27]
1. Opening Titles [2:32]
2. An Epic Evolves [3:04]
3. Great Expectations [7:21]
4. Unparalleled Editing [4:50]
5. The Great War [3:49]
6. Hearts of the World [5:57]
7. Broken Blossoms [3:51]
8. Performance [2:55]
9. Brute Force [4:31]
10. Way Down East [2:04]
11. The Ice Floe [7:14]
12. Passages [4:30]
1. Opening Titles [1:11]
2. Orphans of the Storm [7:03]
3. Growth and Change [6:09]
4. America [5:48]
5. Isn't Life Wonderful [6:14]
6. The Sorrow of Satan [3:49]
7. Problems Producing [1:34]
8. Abraham Lincoln [1:57]
9. The Struggle [4:28]
10. Looking Back [2:26]
11. Proper Recognition [2:20]
12. Twilight [9:48]

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