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D.W. Griffith : Biograph Years

Year: 1975, 27 mins
Code: CAT-DwBio

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First part of a two part series on the great film director D.W. Griffith.

Ron Mottram, professor of cinema history and director of the 1975 Griffith retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City interviews silent film star Blanche Sweet about her career and work with Griffith.

Illustrated with many film clips and photographs. Film excerpts include portions of "Death's Marathon", "The Painted Lady", "Feud in the Kentucky Hills", "A Corner in Wheat", "The Informer", "Country Doctor", all made in the early years when Griffith worked for the Biograph company, 1908-1913.

Ms.Sweet starred in many of these films and reminisces about Griffith's method of shooting. He invented as he went along. These films and dozens of others were often turned out two or three a week, shown briefly, and then never seen again. Some of these films include the first "pans", "zooms" or "close ups" ever used.

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