June 1, 1990 |
Birth of a Legend: Film pioneer D. W. Griffith is the subject of an upcoming PBS documentary--and eyewitness accounts are being sought. "We're looking for anyone who worked with him, or knew him," says Joe Adamson, spokesman for filmmakers Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. The duo is currently in Kentucky, tracing Griffith's Southern heritage. "Griffith's father fought in the Civil War. That profoundly affected 'The Birth of a Nation,' " explains Adamson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1999 |
Today the intersection of Hollywood, Sunset and Hillcrest is one of the city's busiest, but few motorists navigating the Silver Lake junction are aware that they are traversing one of the crossroads of cinematic history. For it was on the site now occupied by the restored and historic Vista Theater that D.W. Griffith, the "Father of Film," rebuilt ancient Babylon as the immense and spectacular set for his 1916 film "Intolerance."
November 12, 2009 |
No, it's not a personal appearance by the legendary director, long since gone to his reward, but an unusual chance to see six of the great man's one-reel pre-World War I shorts, all shot in Southern California: "Man's Genesis," "The New Dress," "The Massacre," "The Unchanging Sea," "The Sands of Dee" and "The Female of the Species." Not only will they be projected on the big screen, they will feature live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick and a talk by the University of Chicago's Tom Gunning, the top academic expert on Griffith's work.
February 6, 2000
Re "Debating an Icon's Genius, Racism," Feb. 1: Critics of the Directors Guild of America's excellent decision to remove D.W. Griffith's name from their most prestigious award show little understanding of the central role Griffith's classic, "Birth of a Nation" (1915), played in exacerbating race hatred in this nation. Griffith would not allow any black male actor to touch a white actress, so most of the "blacks" in the film are played by white men in blackface. He quoted then-President Woodrow Wilson's own words in the inter-titles to support the film's contention that blacks should never have been given political power after the Civil War. Wilson, who was a friend of the novelist Thomas Dixon, on whose novel, "The Clansman," the film is based, officially segregated the federal bureaucracy for the first time.
March 9, 1987 |
"This is awesome, when you think of all those who have come before me," 77-year-old director Elia Kazan said, after being presented with the Directors Guild of America's coveted D.W. Griffith Award for career achievement Saturday night. Kazan, the 19th Griffith Award winner since 1953, accepted the award at a ceremony held here for East Coast members of the DGA. Most of the 1986 DGA winners were in Los Angeles, attending a simultaneous dinner at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel.
December 27, 1999 |
Those who oppose the Directors Guild of America's decision to retire the D.W. Griffith Award for Lifetime Achievement ("DGA Blundered by Removing Griffith's Name From Award," Saturday Letters, Dec. 18) are all missing one very important point.