D. W. Griffith: Interviews

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Anthony Slide
Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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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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Contents

At the Sign of the Flaming Arcs
3
David W Griffith Speaks
6
A Poet Who Writes on Motion Picture Films
11
Editorials in Films
16
D W Griffith Answers Two Vital Questions
18
D W Griffith Producer of the Worlds Biggest Picture
20
Five Dollar Movies Prophesied
23
And the Greatest of These Is David W Griffith
28
The Greatest Moving Picture Producer in the World
132
Griffith Reveals Sartorial Secrets
133
D W Griffiths Screen Version of The Two Orphans Would Fill Its Author with Awe
135
An Intimate Closeup of D W Griffith
140
Maker of Pictures
143
The Genius of a Masterpiece
151
Griffith Film Stirs Anger of Parisians
152
Stereoscopic Films
155

Part One
31
Part Two
37
Part Three
46
Part Four
52
Part Five
58
The Real Story of Intolerance
63
The Making of a Masterpiece
70
The Film Worlds Greatest Achievement
73
D W Griffith Champions Englands Natural Light
79
Took Scenes in the Trenches
80
Griffith Returns from the Front with Official Pictures Made under Fire Will Use Them in a Film Spectacle of War
81
Griffithand the Great War
85
Griffith Maker of Battle Scenes Sees Real War
92
Pictures and Projectiles
98
Life and the Photodrama
100
How Griffith Picks His Leading Women
104
Humanitys Language
108
Griffith Points Out Need of Tragedy on the Screen Likes San Francisco
111
The PoetPhilosopher of the Photoplay
113
Exhibitor Is a CoArtist Says D W Griffith Returns from Los Angeles to Open Eastern Studio
117
The Filming of Way Down East
121
The Moral and the Immoral Photoplay
129
D W Griffith
157
What Are the Chances of a Beginner
160
D W Griffith Is Struggling to Pay His Debts
162
How Do You Like the Show?
168
Dont Blame the Movies Blame Life
175
He Might Be the Richest Man in the World
180
His Best Pictures Were the Least Expensive Says D W
184
D W Griffith Addresses the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
185
Walter Huston Interviews D W Griffith
187
David Wark Griffith Tells Em
189
The StarMaker Whose Dreams Turned to Dust
192
They Do Not Endure
197
D W Griffith Tells Plans Which Include Picture Making
198
Return of a Master
201
Griffith Back to Live Here for Half Century
204
Cinemas Fullest Scope Still AheadD W Griffith
206
FortySeven Questions from Seymour Stern to D W Griffith
209
FlashBack to Griffith
212
The Writings of D W Griffith
219
Index
221
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About the author (2012)

Anthony Slide is the author or editor of some sixty books on the history of popular entertainment, & editor of the "Filmmakers" series published by Scarecrow Press. He has served as an associate archivist of the American Film Institute & resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In 1990, in recognition of his work on the history of popular culture, Mr. Slide was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bowling Green University. Anthony Slide resides in Studio City, California.

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