D. W. Griffith Biography

David Llewelyn Wark "D. W." Griffith was an American film director, mostly remembered as the director of the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance. He is closely associated with his frequent leading lady, Lillian Gish.

Griffith began making short films in 1908, and released his first feature, Judith of Bethulia, in 1913. His film The Birth of a Nation made pioneering use of advanced camera and narrative techniques, and its immense popularity set the stage for the dominance of the feature-length film in the United States. The film has been extremely controversial for its negative depiction of African Americans, white unionists, and the Reconstruction, and its positive portrayal of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. The film was subsequently both lionized for its radical technique and condemned for its racist philosophy. Filmed at a cost of $110,000, it returned millions of dollars in profits, making it, perhaps, the most profitable film of all time, although a full accounting has never been made. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
D. W. Griffith
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Film director, Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Playwright
Date of Birth:
January 22, 1875
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
July 23, 1948
Age at Death:
73
Cause of Death:
Cerebral hemorrhage
Marriages
Divorces
D. W. Griffith Timeline
  • 1915-02-08
    D. W. Griffith's silent film "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA - first 12-reel film in America
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