D.W. Griffith - Years of Discovery 1909-1913 2002 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
In the span of five years, pioneering director D.W. Griffith delivered some 450 films for the Biograph Company at a rate of two or three films per week. One and two reels in length, these works showed the filmmaker inventing, borrowing, and perfecting techniques he later used to memorable effect in “The Birth of a Nation,” “Intolerance,” “Way Down East” and “Orphans of the Storm.” But the Biographs were more than that; they helped shape cinematic narrative for generations to come. Plots are simple and direct, revealing an extraordinary dramatic talent of brilliant force, and Griffith assembled the foremost film ensemble of his day, including Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Walthall, and Mae Marsh. Among the 22 titles included on this landmark release are such widely recognized masterworks as “The Musketeers of Pig Alley,” “The Battle at Elderbush Gulch,” “The New York Hat,” and “A Corner in Wheat.” Collectively, these compact and exciting shorts provide an unparalleled record of American life at the turn of the 20th century.