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The Films of D. W. Griffith : Cambridge Film Classics - Scott Simmon

The Films of D. W. Griffith

Cambridge Film Classics

Paperback Published: 6th December 1993
ISBN: 9780521388207
Number Of Pages: 192

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The Films of D. W. Griffith serves as an introduction to, and a cultural argument for, the work of the first widely acknowledged master filmmaker. Situating D. W. Griffith within film history and American studies, Scott Simmon addresses Griffith's competing reputations as a genius of cinematic form and a retrograde purveyor of reactionary and racist tales. His study includes extended discussion of Griffith's controversial drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction, The Birth of a Nation, and of his grandiose historical epic, Intolerance, but identifies his enduring work within the approximately 450 shorter films that he directed for the Biograph Company between 1908 and 1913, years of rapid change in the film industry. Major discussion is given to the evolution of Griffith's Biograph films about contemporary city life and to his early domestic melodramas or 'woman's films'. In this cultural reading, Griffith's films are located at a crisis point between two centuries, drawing power from the popular attitudes of nineteenth-century America as they create the patterns for the twentieth century's most distinctive art form.

Griffith, film theory and American culture
The shame of the cities: the urban drama at biograph
The female of the species: origins of the women's film at biograph
Mr Griffith's civil war: The Birth of a Nation and family honour
Art, Intolerance, and the work of the movies
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ISBN: 9780521388207
ISBN-10: 0521388201
Series: Cambridge Film Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 6th December 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.28