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.).
January 26, 2012 |
Three years after a controversial decision to close Hollywood's best-known nursing home, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has reversed course and said it would immediately begin admitting new residents to the historic Woodland Hills facility. The decision marks a victory for residents and their families who waged a highly public campaign to fight the fund's decision in January 2009 to close the facility, known as the Motion Picture Home, and an adjoining hospital. It also revives a time-honored charity — created in 1921 by United Artists studio founders Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and others — that has been home to Hollywood luminaries such as actors Johnny Weismuller and Hattie McDaniel and film director Stanley Kramer, whose credits include "High Noon.
June 13, 2011
The majority of films made during the silent era are lost, including these three noteworthy examples. "Remodeling Her Husband" D.W. Griffith's muse Lillian Gish tried her hand at directing with 1920's "Remodeling Her Husband," a romantic drama starring her sister Dorothy. "London After Midnight" Tod Browning's 1927 vampire thriller starring Man of a Thousand Faces Lon Chaney is on the American Film Institute's list of most sought-after "lost" films.