November 28, 2011 |
Director D.W. Griffith once said of French filmmaker Georges Méliès, "I owe him everything. " Charlie Chaplin described him as "the alchemist of light. " Méliès built the first movie studio in Europe and was the first filmmaker to use production sketches and storyboards. Film historians consider him the "father of special effects" — he created the first double exposure on screen, the split screen and the dissolve. Not to mention that he was one of the first filmmakers to have nudity in his films — he was French, after all. And thanks to Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed 3-D family film, "Hugo," contemporary audiences are being lovingly introduced to the silent film pioneer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1995
Orange County's relationship with Hollywood began to flourish in 1910. During the next 20 years, at least 500 movies were filmed in various spots in the county. The first major work was D.W. Griffith's "Two Brothers," shot at Mission San Juan Capistrano. In 1923, Moses parted the Red Sea just south of Seal Beach for Cecil B. DeMille's silent movie version of "The Ten Commandments."
June 15, 2003
In "Visual Cues From the Silent Era" (June 8), Emanuel Levy refers to D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" as a "seminal epic" but doesn't mention that it was a paean to the Ku Klux Klan. Omission of the film's function as racist propaganda is particularly glaring in light of Levy's brief comments about Griffith's "naive philosophy" and the "moral and religious ambitions" of his filmmaking. Jonathan Rotter Los Angeles
October 27, 1996 |
A valentine from the Taviani Brothers--modern masters of Italian film neo-realism--to the silent American cinema--and the epic genius of D.W. Griffith (deftly played by Charles Dance, pictured). The story focuses on two Italian emigre church-builders (Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida) hired to make the elephants for the Babylon set of "Intolerance." (Bravo Saturday at 2 p.m.).