The Griffith Project, Volume 12: Essays on D.W. Griffith (The Griffith Project Vols 1-12)

The Griffith Project, Volume 12: Essays on D.W. Griffith (The Griffith Project Vols 1-12)

By: Paulo Cherchi Usai (author)Hardback

Up to 2 WeeksUsually despatched within 2 weeks

Description

THE GRIFFITH PROJECT Paolo Cherchi Usai, General Editor Volume 12: Essays on D.W. Griffith Edited by Paolo Cherchi Usai and Cynthia Rowell With contributions by William M. Drew, Helmut Farber, Andre Gaudreault, Philippe Gauthier, Lea Jacobs, Joyce Jesionowski, Charlie Keil, Richard Koszarski, Arthur Lennig, Pat Loughney, David Mayer, Russell Merritt, Jan Olsson, Paul Spehr, Yuri Tsivian, Linda Williams In early 1996, an international group of 35 specialists in silent cinema volunteered to write commentaries on more than six hundred films directed, written, produced and supervised by D.W. Griffith - or featuring him as a performer - for the eleven-volume series The Griffith Project, the largest monograph ever assembled on an individual film director, in conjunction with the massive retrospective held at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival from 1996 to 2008. All authors involved in The Griffith Project were bound to strict editorial rules, most notably the fact that all titles in the series would be assigned to them in pre-determined groups rather than as a result of their own individual preference for this or that specific entry. The patience and commitment demonstrated by all scholars in this endeavor requires at least a symbolic recognition. We therefore invited the members of the project team to write an essay on a (D.W. Griffith-related) topic of their own choice. The papers included in this volume constitute the response to our carte blanche invitation. Our offer was also extended to other experts on D.W. Griffith who, for various reasons, were unable to participate in The Griffith Project but consistently supported it with their generous advice and insight. This volume brings The Griffith Project to completion, as 2008 sees the last installment of the D.W. Griffith program at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival with the screening of his films produced between 1925 and 1931. Not surprisingly, twelve years of research on D.W. Griffith have unearthed an impressive wealth of knowledge but also an equally amazing array of new questions, certainly enough of them to fill several more volumes. Some of them (including the increasingly complex issue of D.W. Griffith's role as production supervisor) are only introduced or barely mentioned here, but we are confident that what we have called the 'Griffith Project' will continue - at the Giornate and elsewhere - with more research and newly found or preserved prints. PAOLO CHERCHI USAI is Director of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. He is co-founder of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House (Rochester, New York). He directed the experimental feature film Passio (2007). His latest book is David Wark Griffith (Editrice Il Castoro, 2008).

About Author

PAOLO CHERCHI USAI is Director of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. He is co-founder of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House (Rochester, New York). He directed the experimental feature film Passio (2007). His latest book is David Wark Griffith (Editrice Il Castoro, 2008).

Contents

Foreword Notes on Contributors D.W. Griffith as a Transitional Filmmaker; C.Keil Griffith's Vaudeville Years (1900-1903), the Dramatic Sketch, and the Biograph One and Two-Reeler; D.Mayer D.W. Griffith: Re-Interpreting the Biograph Copyright Evidence in Paper Print Fragments and Copyright Catalog Records at the Library of Congress; P.Loughney Crosscutting, a Programmed Language; A.Gaudreault & P.Gauthier Out On Location: D.W. Griffith and Fort Lee; R.Koszarski Microbes, Animals, and Humans: The Escape and the Politics of Undesirable Breeding; J.Olsson O Femme Etonnante!: Women in D.W. Griffith's Films; J.Jesionowski On the Endings of The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance: Some Complementary Notes; H.Farber The Judean and French Sections of Intolerance; A.Lennig Robespierre Has Been Lost: Movies and the Soviet 1920s; Y.Tsivian Surprised by Blackface: D.W. Griffith, Blackface and One Exciting Night; L.Williams Rough Trade on Ivar Boulevard: Griffith Meets Sam Fuller; R.Merritt Supervised by D.W. Griffith? A Checklist of Reliance, Majestic and Komic Films Released by Mutual From 30 November 1913 to 7 November 1915; P.Spehr Corrections and Additions to Volumes 1-11; W.M.Drew, L.Jacobs, C.Keil, D.Mayer & R.Merritt Bibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781844572687
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 220
  • ID: 9781844572687
  • ISBN10: 1844572684

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly

Close