D.W. Griffith Masterworks - Biograph Shorts (23 Complete Films) (Special Edition) (Silent)

Starring: Lillian Gish & Mary Pickford Director: D.W. Griffith
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D.W. Griffith Masterworks - Biograph Shorts (23
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 6 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1908
  • Label: Kino Video
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Interactive Features:
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    • Scene Access

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Description by OLDIES.com:

The selection of motion pictures featured in this two-disc set traces D. W. Griffith's rapid, unparalleled development as a filmmaker during his five year stint at the Biograph Company -- a development that contributed substantially to the emergence of film as a powerful form of cultural expression.

From the crude humor and melodramatic devices of The Adventures of Dollie (1908) through the remarkably dynamic The Battle at Elderbush Gulch (1913), one is able to witness Griffith's rapid gains in self-confidence and increasing command over the still new medium of motion pictures.

Griffith was noted for many achievements, but among his most striking was the use of parallel editing, both for purpose of suspense (An Unseen Enemy, The Lesser Evil) and to generate a powerful social commentary (Corner in Wheat, The Usurer). But, as The Unchanging Sea demonstrates, he was also able to harness the technique for more elegiac purposes. In these fifteen films -- plus eight bonus shorts -- one finds Griffith experimenting with (and thus contributing to the development of) various genres, including the Western (The Last Drop of Water), the crime picture (The Musketeers of Pig Alley), and the seafaring drama (Enoch Arden, one of Griffith's earliest two-reel endeavors).

Product Description:

This enjoyable collection showcases the diverse styles of films that director D.W. Griffith made for Biograph in the early days of cinema. There's the comedy of THOSE AWFUL HATS, the suspenseful action of AN UNSEEN ENEMY, THE LONEDALE OPERATOR and THE LONELY VILLA, and the social commentary of THE NEW YORK HAT. THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY is an early look at gangsters and New York tenement life, while THE YAQUI CUR--one of the last films Griffith made for Biograph--is a Native American drama starring Kate Bruce, Lionel Barrymore, and Robert Harron. Other fine and recognizable actors in these films include Dorothy and Lillian Gish (who make their starring debuts in AN UNSEEN ENEMY), Mary Pickford, Mae Marsh, Mack Sennett, Blanche Sweet, Donald Crisp, and "the Biograph Girl," Florence Lawrence.Containing over 15 films recorded during Griffith's five years at the Biograph Studios, these shorts are a testament to Griffith's vision as a filmmaker that, after so many years, they are still vibrant with excitement and emotion.

Plot Synopsis:

This collection of director D.W. Griffith's pioneering early silent shorts includes THOSE AWFUL HATS, AN UNSEEN ENEMY, THE LONEDALE OPERATOR, THE LONELY VILLA, THE NEW YORK HAT, THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY, and THE YAQUI CUR.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Documentary | Melodrama | Silent | Silent Cinema | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release for THOSE AWFUL HATS: January 25, 1909.
  • Theatrical release for AN UNSEEN ENEMY: September 9, 1912.

    Theatrical release for THE LONEDALE OPERATOR: March 23, 1911.
  • Theatrical release for THE MUSKETEERS OF PIG ALLEY: October 31, 1912.
  • Theatrical release for THE LONELY VILLA: June 10, 1909.
  • Theatrical release for THE NEW YORK HAT: December 5, 1912.
  • Theatrical release for THE YAQUI CUR: May 17, 1913.

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