re Griffith documentary

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Fri, 13 Feb 1998 08:26:10 -0500 (EST)

Not aware that American Masters did a DW Griffith profile. Maybe a mix up
with our two half-hour programs, which ran in 1975, described below?
Creative Arts Television

D. W. Griffith: Biograph Years (1975, color) Commentary on Griffith's
life and work by film historian Ron Mottram. Guest: silent film star Blanche
Sweet. Clips from "Death's Marathon", "The Painted Lady", "Feud in the
Kentucky Hills", "A Corner in Wheat", "The Informer", "Country Doctor", all
made 1908-1913 for the Biograph company. Ms. Sweet starred in many of
these films and reminisces about the method of shooting in those days. Some
of these films include the first "pans", "zooms" or "close ups" ever used.
Sweet describes how Griffith invented as he went along.

D. W. Griffith: Feature Film Years (1975, color) Commentary on Griffith's
life and work by film historian Ron Mottram. Guest: silent film star Lillian
Gish. Film excerpts include portions of "Way Down East" (1920), "Intolerance"
(1916), "True Heart Susie" (1919) and "Birth of a Nation." Reminiscence
about the long hours, dangerous situations, and the presentation of character
without recourse to spoken dialogue, how Griffith was always in financial
difficulties, never kept profit from films, was unsuccessful at Paramount, as
creator of historical film with crowds of people.