Home / Biography / DW Griffith

DW Griffith

Biography

Silent film director known for his focus on the 1915 film The Birth of a Country. His later movies include Orphans from the Surprise and Damaged Blossoms. He was trained by his sister within a one-room schoolhouse. His second film, Intolerance, searched for to rectify a lot of the moral complications posed by his initial (The Delivery of a Country). He wedded Linda Arvidson on, may 14, 1906. His second relationship, in 1936, was to Evelyn Baldwin. He frequently directed films starring silent film celebrity Lillian Gish.

Quick Facts


Full Name D. W. Griffith
Date Of Birth January 22, 1875
Died July 23, 1948, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth La Grange, KY
Height 1.8 m
Profession Director
Nationality American
Spouse Evelyn Baldwin Kunze, Linda Arvidson
Parents Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, Mary Perkins Griffith
Siblings Mattie Griffith
Awards Academy Honorary Award
Movies The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Broken Blossoms, Way Down East, Orphans of the Storm, Judith of Bethulia, A Corner in Wheat, Hearts of the World, The Musketeers of Pig Alley, True Heart Susie, The Struggle, The Adventures of Dollie, Abraham Lincoln, The Avenging Conscience, Sally of the Sawdust, The Sorrows of Satan, Rescued from an Eagle's Nest, The New York Hat, Dream Street, The Love Flower, The Idol Dancer, The Lonely Villa, America, The Greatest Question, Lady of the Pavements, An Unseen Enemy, The Lonedale Operator, In Old California, The White Rose, The Massacre, A Romance of Happy Valley, The Mothering Heart, The Battle of the Sexes, The Battle at Elderbush Gulch, One Exciting Night, The Girl and Her Trust, Those Awful Hats, The Great Love, The Greatest Thing in Life, Drums of Love, The Girl Who Stayed at Home, The Sealed Room, The Red Man's View, Home, Sweet Home, The Unchanging Sea, Scarlet Days, Isn't Life Wonderful, D.W. Griffith: The Father of Film, His Trust, The Sunbeam, For His Son
Star Sign Aquarius

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1D.W. Griffith was buried in his birth state of Kentucky, in the Mount Tabor Methodist Church Graveyard, Crestwood, Oldham County, Kentucky.
2Was the first to utter the catchphrase "Lights, camera, action!" in 1910, on the set of In Old California (1910). It, like many of his techniques, are still widely used in filmmaking.
3'Lillian Gish' claimed that D.W. Griffith invented false eyelashes in 1916 for his film Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). Griffith wanted Seena Owen (who plays Attarea, the Princess Beloved, in the film's Babylonian segment) with lashes luxurious enough to brush her cheeks when she blinked. In collaboration with a wigmaker, who did the actual fabricating, the solution Griffith was credited with involved weaving human hair through a fine strip of gauze, creating false eyelashes. However, like many Hollywood legends, this claim proves to not be true. In 1911, a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor received a U.S. patent for the artificial eyelash; hers was a crescent of fabric implanted with tiny hairs. And even before that, hairdressers and makeup artists tried a similar trick. A German named Charles Nestle (nee Karl Nessler) manufactured false lashes in the early 20th century and used the profit from sales to finance his next invention - the permanent wave. By 1915, Nestle had opened a New York hair-perming salon on East 49th Street, with lashes as his sideline. Also, one of the earliest known attempts to enhance eyelashes was during the times of the Ancient Egyptians, when royalty used black powder called 'kohl' to protect their eyes against sand, dust and bugs. However, this was to provide practical benefits, rather than cosmetic.
4He is one of the the most prolific directors of all time, with over 450 shorts and over 80 feature-length films to his credit. Of non-television directors, he ranks as the 4th most prolific after Louis Feuillade and Georges Méliès, both of whom also directed silent shorts, and Dave Fleischer, an animated short director.
5Some of the investors for his controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915) were Louis B. Mayer, H.E. Aitken and Jesse L. Lasky among many others in Hollywood at that time. The films success is what financed Mayer, Aitken and Lasky into forming their own studios in Hollywood, eventually becoming MGM and Paramount among others.
6On August 17, 1908, the Biograph Company signed him to a contract at $50 per week plus a small royalty on each film.
7Ironically, Griffith produced and directed the Biograph Company film The Rose of Kentucky (1911), which showed the Ku Klux Klan as villainous, a sharp contrast to The Birth of a Nation (1915) made 4 years later, in which the KKK was portrayed in a favorable light.
8Is portrayed by Charles Dance in Good morning Babilonia (1987) and by Colm Feore in And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
9Started to write an autobiography, but never finished it. [1926]
10His movie The Birth of a Nation (1915) is generally considered as the birth of modern American cinema.
11After the 1915 release of The Birth of a Nation (1915), riots broke out in several black neighborhoods across the country.
12By 1909 he was turning out 2 to 3 films per week.
13He directed more than 450 films for Biograph Co. Amazingly, 440 of them still survive, accounting for a large portion of Biograph's shorts that survive.
14Several filming innovations belong solely to Griffith (some of which he invented during his collaboration with G.W. Bitzer at The Biograph Co. They include the flashback, the iris shot, the mask, the systematic use of the soft focus shot and the split screen.
15Although Griffith was thought by many to be a bigot and racist, he detested the manner in which whites and the "white man's government" treated and oppressed Native Americans. This was a theme that he explored in several of his early short films, most notably in The Red Man's View (1909) and Ramona (1910), which are very strong denouncements of the oppression of Native Americans by whites.
16Lillian Gish called him "the father of film" (although Griffith considered her a close friend, she had so much respect for him that she never referred to him as other than "Mr. Griffith", even long after Griffith died).
17Pioneered the technique of parallel editing, which he used extensively after 1909.
18Was an ardent Jeffersonian.
19Charles Chaplin called him "the teacher of us all".
20The NAACP attempted to have The Birth of a Nation (1915) banned. After that effort failed, they then attempted to have some of the film's more extreme scenes censored.
21Ironically, the release of The Birth of a Nation (1915) inspired many African-Americans to start making their own films in an attempt to counter the film's depiction of them and to offer positive alternative images and stories of the African-American people.
22The Adventures of Dollie (1908), a Biograph Company release, was his directorial debut in 1908.
23Began his career as a playwright, then moved to acting, and then finally (and famously) to directing.
24Was hired as a first-time director in 1908 at the American Mutoscope & Biograph Co., when the chief director fell ill. Over the next two decades many of the biggest names of the silent screen would get their first movie jobs from Griffith and Biograph, including Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, Blanche Sweet, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish,Dorothy Gish and Florence Lawrence. The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company was active from 1895 to 1928. A new corporation with the same name was incorporated in California in 1991.
25In his declining years, Griffith lived off the income from an annuity that he had invested in when he had been on top in Hollywood.
26Was the first person, after Charles Chaplin's special award at the first Academy Awards (Chaplin had had his nominations rescinded and placed out of competition), to win an honorary Academy Award. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Frank Capra thought it would be good publicity for the Academy, which was then structured as a company union, as the Academy was being boycotted by the trade union guilds and turnout at the 1936 Oscar ceremony was predicted to be low. The citation read: "For his distinguished creative achievements as director and producer and his invaluable initiative and lasting contributions to the progress of the motion picture arts."
27Was named an Honorary Life Member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in 1938. The DGA award for best lifetime achievement was named for Griffith in 1953. Awarded for "distinguished achievement in motion picture direction," the directors honored include Cecil B. DeMille (the first recipient), John Ford, King Vidor, William Wyler, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Elia Kazan, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. However in 1999, television director and DGA president Jack Shea persuaded the DGA National Board, to rename the award without consulting its membership, due to the "intolerable racism" in Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), even though producer H.E. Aitken, Louis B. Mayer, and many other producers invested and profited from the film which helped fund their vast motion picture empires in Hollywood. The growing outcry against political correctness led the DGA in 2002 to announce that it would not rename the award, although it would keep a lifetime achievement going in its arsenal of kudos.
28On May 26, 1918, he was elected president of the Motion Picture War Service Association, an organization charged with boosting war bond sales.
29After The Birth of a Nation (1915) was released and criticized as being racist, Griffith was very hurt. He decided to make Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) as a follow-up, to show how damaging and dangerous people's intolerance can be.
30Same date of death, 21st of July, as the legendary Sergei Parajanov
31The film America (1924) is regarded as a major turning point in his career. Its failure ended his tenure as the industry's preeminent director.
32He went from being a bit player to being the industry's leading director in a period of only five years.
33He tried to sell a story to The Edison Company. They hired him as an actor instead.
34Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 415-427. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
35Was voted the 15th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
36He was said to be a imperious, humorless man.
37His first sound film was Abraham Lincoln (1930).
38He produced and directed the first movie ever made in Hollywood, In Old California (1910) which was produced by the American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. which is still in existence today and the oldest movie company in America. The film was rediscovered by Biograph and shown on the 6th of May 2004 at the Beverly Hills Film Festival attended by the President of Biograph Company Thomas R. Bond II and Mikhail Vartanov. On the same day, a monument was erected near the site where the film was made (Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. However, almost a year later in 2005, the 2.8 ton monument was stolen overnight, under mysterious circumstances and is no longer there, but was found almost one year after its disappearance near a garbage bin not far from where the monument stood on Vine Street in Hollywood.
3915 December 1999: Declaring that Griffith "helped foster intolerable racial stereotypes," The Directors Guild of America's National Board - without membership consultation - announced it would rename the D.W. Griffith Award, the Guild's highest honor. First given in 1953, its recipients included Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, John Huston, Woody Allen, Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, and Griffith's friend Cecil B. DeMille.
40In 1975, the U.S. Postal Service honored Griffith with a postage stamp.
41Interred at Mount Tabor Methodist Church Graveyard, Centerfield, Kentucky, USA. (30 mins North of Louisville).
42In 1920, he established United Artists with Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford.
43He has been called "the father of film technique," "the man who invented Hollywood," and "the Shakespeare of the screen".


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sands of Dee1912Short
Mr. Jones' Burglar1909Short
Heaven Avenges1912Short
They Would Elope1909Short
Man's Genesis1912Short
The Mended Lute1909Short
An Indian Summer1912Short
A Strange Meeting1909Short
Man's Lust for Gold1912Short
The Slave1909Short
The School Teacher and the Waif1912Short
A Convict's Sacrifice1909Short
The Spirit Awakened1912Short
Jealousy and the Man1909Short
Lena and the Geese1912Short
Sweet and Twenty1909Short
A Temporary Truce1912Short
The Renunciation1909Short
Home Folks1912Short
Tender Hearts1909Short
An Outcast Among Outcasts1912Short
The Friend of the Family1909Short
A Beast at Bay1912Short
The Cardinal's Conspiracy1909Short
When Kings Were the Law1912Short
The Country Doctor1909Short uncredited
His Lesson1912Short
The Message1909Short
A Lodging for the Night1912Short
The Necklace1909Short
The Old Actor1912Short
The Way of Man1909Short
The Lesser Evil1912Short
The Mexican Sweethearts1909Short
One Is Business, the Other Crime1912Short
The Peachbasket Hat1909Short
Just Like a Woman1912Short
Was Justice Served?1909Short
The Female of the Species1912Short
Her First Biscuits1909Short
Fate's Interception1912Short
The Faded Lilies1909Short
The Punishment1912Short
The Son's Return1909Short
The Goddess of Sagebrush Gulch1912Short
A New Trick1909Short
The Root of Evil1912Short
The Lonely Villa1909Short
Iola's Promise1912Short
The Violin Maker of Cremona1909Short
The Girl and Her Trust1912Short
Eradicating Aunty1909Short
A String of Pearls1912Short
His Duty1909Short
A Siren of Impulse1912Short
What Drink Did1909Short
The Sunbeam1912Short
The Cricket on the Hearth1909Short
Under Burning Skies1912Short
Eloping with Auntie1909Short
The Mender of Nets1912Short
Two Memories1909Short
Billy's Stratagem1912Short
Resurrection1909Short
A Sister's Love1912Short
The Jilt1909Short
The Transformation of Mike1912Short
A Baby's Shoe1909Short
A Blot on the 'Scutcheon1912Short
Jones and the Lady Book Agent1909Short
For His Son1912Short
The French Duel1909Short
The Old Bookkeeper1912Short
One Busy Hour1909Short
The Eternal Mother1912Short
The Note in the Shoe1909Short
A Tale of the Wilderness1912Short
The Eavesdropper1909Short
The Baby and the Stork1912Short
The Suicide Club1909Short
Flaming Arrows1911
Tis an Ill Wind That Blows No Good1909Short
The Voice of the Child1911Short
Lucky Jim1909Short
A Terrible Discovery1911Short
Twin Brothers1909Short
As in a Looking Glass1911/I
The Drive for a Life1909Short
Saved from Himself1911Short
A Troublesome Satchel1909Short
The Failure1911Short
Lady Helen's Escapade1909Short
A Woman Scorned1911Short
Confidence1909Short
Sunshine Through the Dark1911Short
A Sound Sleeper1909Short
The Miser's Heart1911Short
The Winning Coat1909Short
Through Darkened Vales1911Short
A Rude Hostess1909Short
The Trail of Books1911Short
Schneider's Anti-Noise Crusade1909Short
The Battle1911Short
The Road to the Heart1909Short
Love in the Hills1911/IShort
Trying to Get Arrested1909Short
The Long Road1911Short
A Drunkard's Reformation1909Short
The Adventures of Billy1911Short
Jones and His New Neighbors1909Short
The Unveiling1911Short
The Medicine Bottle1909Short
Italian Blood1911Short
A Burglar's Mistake1909Short
The Making of a Man1911Short
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them1909Short
Her Awakening1911Short
The Deception1909Short
The Revenue Man and the Girl1911Short
The Voice of the Violin1909Short
Dan the Dandy1911Short
I Did It1909Short
The Squaw's Love1911Short
The Lure of the Gown1909Short
The Old Confectioner's Mistake1911Short
The Salvation Army Lass1909Short
The Stuff Heroes Are Made Of1911Short
The Roue's Heart1909Short
Swords and Hearts1911Short
The Wooden Leg1909Short
The Rose of Kentucky1911Short
A Fool's Revenge1909Short
The Blind Princess and the Poet1911Short
His Wife's Mother1909Short
The Sorrowful Example1911Short
The Prussian Spy1909Short
The Ruling Passion1911Short
At the Altar1909Short
Out from the Shadow1911Short
The Golden Louis1909Short
The Last Drop of Water1911Short
The Politician's Love Story1909Short
A Country Cupid1911Short
The Hindoo Dagger1909Short
The Indian Brothers1911Short
The Joneses Have Amateur Theatricals1909Short
Bobby, the Coward1911Short
His Ward's Love1909Short
The Jealous Husband1911Short unconfirmed
The Curtain Pole1909Short
The Thief and the Girl1911Short
Tragic Love1909Short
Fighting Blood1911Short
A Wreath in Time1909Short
Her Sacrifice1911Short
Edgar Allan Poe1909Short
The Primal Call1911Short
The Brahma Diamond1909Short
Enoch Arden: Part II1911Short
The Girls and Daddy1909Short
Enoch Arden: Part I1911Short
The Cord of Life1909Short
The Smile of a Child1911Short
The Welcome Burglar1909Short
A Romany Tragedy1911Short
Those Awful Hats1909Short
The White Rose of the Wilds1911Short
Mr. Jones Has a Card Party1909Short
The Crooked Road1911Short
The Fascinating Mrs. Francis1909Short
The New Dress1911Short
The Criminal Hypnotist1909Short
In the Days of '491911Short
Those Boys!1909Short
The Two Sides1911Short
A Rural Elopement1909Short
How She Triumphed1911Short
The Sacrifice1909/IShort
His Mother's Scarf1911Short
Love Finds a Way1909Short
A Knight of the Road1911Short
The Honor of Thieves1909Short
Madame Rex1911Short
Mrs. Jones Entertains1909Short
The Chief's Daughter1911/IShort
The Maniac Cook1909Short
The Broken Cross1911Short
One Touch of Nature1909/IShort
The Spanish Gypsy1911Short
The Helping Hand1908Short
The Lonedale Operator1911Short uncredited
Mr. Jones at the Ball1908Short
Teaching Dad to Like Her1911Short
The Christmas Burglars1908Short
Was He a Coward?1911Short
An Awful Moment1908Short
Conscience1911Short
The Test of Friendship1908Short
A Decree of Destiny1911Short
The Reckoning1908Short
The Heart of a Savage1911Short
The Feud and the Turkey1908Short
The Lily of the Tenements1911Short
The Valet's Wife1908Short
His Daughter1911Short
Money Mad1908Short
The Diamond Star1911Short
The Clubman and the Tramp1908Short
Fisher Folks1911Short
A Woman's Way1908Short
What Shall We Do with Our Old?1911Short
The Ingrate1908Short
Heart Beats of Long Ago1911Short
The Song of the Shirt1908Short
Three Sisters1911Short
The Guerrilla1908Short
A Wreath of Orange Blossoms1911Short
The Taming of the Shrew1908Short
Fate's Turning1911Short
The Pirate's Gold1908Short
His Trust Fulfilled1911Short
After Many Years1908Short
His Trust: The Faithful Devotion and Self-Sacrifice of an Old Negro Servant1911Short
Concealing a Burglar1908Short
The Italian Barber1911Short
The Call of the Wild1908Short
When a Man Loves1911Short
Romance of a Jewess1908Short
The Two Paths1911Short
The Planter's Wife1908Short
Winning Back His Love1910Short
The Vaquero's Vow1908Short
The Lesson1910Short
Ingomar, the Barbarian1908Short
His Sister-In-Law1910Short
Father Gets in the Game1908Short
The Golden Supper1910Short
The Zulu's Heart1908Short
A Child's Stratagem1910Short
The Devil1908/IShort
A Plain Song1910Short
The Stolen Jewels1908Short
The Song of the Wildwood Flute1910Short
A Smoked Husband1908Short
Sunshine Sue1910Short
Where the Breakers Roar1908Short
Simple Charity1910Short
The Heart of O Yama1908Short
The Fugitive1910Short
The Red Girl1908Short
Waiter No. 51910Short
Behind the Scenes1908Short
Two Little Waifs1910Short
The Girl and the Outlaw1908Short
The Message of the Violin1910Short
Monday Morning in a Coney Island Police Court1908Short unconfirmed
The Banker's Daughters1910Short
Betrayed by a Handprint1908Short
The Broken Doll1910Short
For a Wife's Honor1908Short
That Chink at Golden Gulch1910Short
Balked at the Altar1908Short
The Iconoclast1910Short
For Love of Gold1908Short
Examination Day at School1910Short
The Fatal Hour1908Short
Rose o' Salem Town1910Short
The Man and the Woman1908Short
The Oath and the Man1910Short
The Greaser's Gauntlet1908Short
Footlight Varieties1951segment "Confidence"
In Life's Cycle1910Short
A Calamitous Elopement1908Short
Flicker Flashbacks No. 1, Series 51947Short archive footage from "The Last Deal, 1910", uncredited
A Mohawk's Way1910Short
The Bandit's Waterloo1908Short
The Struggle1931
Little Angels of Luck1910Short
Deceived Slumming Party1908Short
Abraham Lincoln1930personally directed by
A Summer Idyll1910Short
The Red Man and the Child1908Short
Lady of the Pavements1929
The Modern Prodigal1910Short
The Tavern Keeper's Daughter1908Short
The Battle of the Sexes1928
Wilful Peggy1910Short
The Black Viper1908Short
Drums of Love1928
The Sorrows of the Unfaithful1910Short
The Fight for Freedom1908Short
Topsy and Eva1927/Iuncredited
The Usurer1910Short
The Adventures of Dollie1908Short
The Sorrows of Satan1926
A Salutary Lesson1910Short
That Royle Girl1925
The House with Closed Shutters1910Short
Sally of the Sawdust1925
Her Father's Pride1910Short
Isn't Life Wonderful1924
An Arcadian Maid1910Short
America1924
Unexpected Help1910Short
Mammy's Boy1923Short
The Call to Arms1910Short
The White Rose1923
As the Bells Rang Out!1910Short
One Exciting Night1922
Serious Sixteen1910Short
Orphans of the Storm1921
A Flash of Light1910Short
Dream Street1921
A Child's Faith1910Short
Way Down East1920
What the Daisy Said1910Short uncredited
The Love Flower1920
A Midnight Cupid1910Short
Remodeling Her Husband1920uncredited
Muggsy's First Sweetheart1910Short
The Idol Dancer1920
A Child's Impulse1910Short
The World of Columbus1919Short documentary
The Marked Time-Table1910Short
The Greatest Question1919
The Face at the Window1910Short
Scarlet Days1919
In the Border States1910Short
The Mother and the Law1919
A Victim of Jealousy1910Short
The Fall of Babylon1919
A Child of the Ghetto1910Short
True Heart Susie1919
The Purgation1910Short
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl1919under the personal direction of
In the Season of Buds1910Short
The Girl Who Stayed at Home1919
The Impalement1910Short
A Romance of Happy Valley1919
Bill Sharkey's Last Game1910Short
The Greatest Thing in Life1918
Ramona1910Short
Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal1918Short unconfirmed
Over Silent Paths1910Short
The Great Love1918
Love Among the Roses1910Short
Hearts of the World1918under the personal direction of
The Unchanging Sea1910Short
A Day with Governor Whitman1916Documentary short
The Gold Seekers1910Short
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916
The Way of the World1910Short
The Birth of a Nation1915
Thou Shalt Not1910Short
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'1914
A Romance of the Western Hills1910Short
The Escape1914
A Rich Revenge1910Short
Home, Sweet Home1914
As It Is in Life1910Short
The Primitive Man1914Short
The Two Brothers1910/IShort
The Battle of the Sexes1914
His Last Dollar1910Short unconfirmed
Judith of Bethulia1914
Gold Is Not All1910Short
Waifs1914Short unconfirmed
The Twisted Trail1910Short
The Conscience of Hassan Bey1913Short supervising
Faithful1910Short
The Battle of Elderbush Gulch1913Short
The Converts1910Short
Madonna of the Storm1913Short unconfirmed
The Man1910Short
The Adopted Brother1913Short unconfirmed
In Old California1910Short
Two Men of the Desert1913Short
The Thread of Destiny1910Short
The Coming of Angelo1913Short
The Newlyweds1910Short
The Mistake1913Short
The Final Settlement1910Short
The Enemy's Baby1913Short unconfirmed
Taming a Husband1910Short
The Reformers; or, The Lost Art of Minding One's Business1913Short
His Last Burglary1910Short
The Sorrowful Shore1913Short
The Englishman and the Girl1910Short
Her Mother's Oath1913Short
One Night, and Then --1910Short
The Mothering Heart1913Short
The Duke's Plan1910Short
Death's Marathon1913Short
The Course of True Love1910Short unconfirmed
A Timely Interception1913Short
The Woman from Mellon's1910Short
The Ranchero's Revenge1913Short
The Cloister's Touch1910Short
His Mother's Son1913Short
The Last Deal1910Short
Just Gold1913Short
The Honor of His Family1910Short
The Yaqui Cur1913Short
The Call1910Short
The House of Darkness1913Short
On the Reef1910Short
The Stolen Loaf1913Short unconfirmed
Her Terrible Ordeal1910Short
The Wanderer1913/IIShort
The Dancing Girl of Butte1910Short
If We Only Knew1913Short unconfirmed
The Rocky Road1910Short
The Lady and the Mouse1913Short
Mamma1909Short
The Left-Handed Man1913Short
The Heart of an Outlaw1909Short
A Misunderstood Boy1913Short
Choosing a Husband1909Short
The Little Tease1913Short
The Day After1909Short
The Perfidy of Mary1913Short
To Save Her Soul1909Short
The Hero of Little Italy1913Short
In Little Italy1909Short
The Sheriff's Baby1913Short
A Trap for Santa Claus1909Short
A Welcome Intruder1913Short
In a Hempen Bag1909Short
Fate1913Short
The Test1909Short
Near to Earth1913Short
A Corner in Wheat1909Short
The Unwelcome Guest1913Short
The Red Man's View1909Short
A Girl's Stratagem1913Short
Through the Breakers1909Short
Broken Ways1913Short
The Death Disc: A Story of the Cromwellian Period1909Short
Love in an Apartment Hotel1913Short
In the Window Recess1909Short
A Chance Deception1913Short
The Trick That Failed1909Short
Drink's Lure1913Short
The Mountaineer's Honor1909Short
Oil and Water1913Short
The Open Gate1909Short
Brothers1913Short
A Midnight Adventure1909Short
A Misappropriated Turkey1913Short
A Sweet Revenge1909Short
The Tender Hearted Boy1913Short
Two Women and a Man1909Short
An Adventure in the Autumn Woods1913Short
The Restoration1909Short
The Telephone Girl and the Lady1913Short
The Light That Came1909Short
Three Friends1913Short
Nursing a Viper1909Short
Grannie1912
The Gibson Goddess1909Short
The God Within1912Short
What's Your Hurry?1909Short
A Cry for Help1912Short
Lines of White on a Sullen Sea1909Short
The Massacre1912Short
In the Watches of the Night1909Short
The Burglar's Dilemma1912Short
The Expiation1909Short
My Hero1912Short
His Lost Love1909Short
The New York Hat1912Short
A Change of Heart1909Short
Brutality1912Short
The Little Teacher1909Short
The Informer1912Short
Fools of Fate1909Short
My Baby1912Short
Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience1909Short
Gold and Glitter1912Short
The Awakening1909Short
Heredity1912Short
Wanted, a Child1909Short
The Musketeers of Pig Alley1912Short
Leather Stocking1909Short
The Painted Lady1912Short
A Fair Exchange1909Short
The One She Loved1912Short
In Old Kentucky1909Short
In the Aisles of the Wild1912Short
The Broken Locket1909Short
The Chief's Blanket1912Short
Getting Even1909Short
A Feud in the Kentucky Hills1912Short
The Children's Friend1909Short
So Near, Yet So Far1912Short
Comata, the Sioux1909Short
Friends1912Short
The Hessian Renegades1909Short
Two Daughters of Eve1912Short
The Little Darling1909Short
Blind Love1912Short
The Sealed Room1909Short
An Unseen Enemy1912Short
Pranks1909Short
In the North Woods1912Short
The Mills of the Gods1909Short
A Pueblo Legend1912Short
Oh, Uncle!1909Short
A Pueblo Romance1912
The Seventh Day1909Short
A Change of Spirit1912Short
The Indian Runner's Romance1909Short
The Inner Circle1912Short
His Wife's Visitor1909Short
A Child's Remorse1912Short
Mrs. Jones' Lover; or, 'I Want My Hat'1909Short
The Narrow Road1912Short
With Her Card1909Short
Black Sheep1912/IShort
The Better Way1909Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Peachbasket Hat1909Short writer
Was Justice Served?1909Short writer
Her First Biscuits1909Short writer
The Faded Lilies1909Short writer
The Son's Return1909Short writer
A New Trick1909Short writer
Eradicating Aunty1909Short writer
What Drink Did1909Short writer
Eloping with Auntie1909Short writer
Two Memories1909Short writer
The Jilt1909Short writer
A Baby's Shoe1909Short writer
Jones and the Lady Book Agent1909Short writer
The French Duel1909Short writer
One Busy Hour1909Short writer
The Note in the Shoe1909Short writer
The Eavesdropper1909Short writer
Tis an Ill Wind That Blows No Good1909Short writer
The Drive for a Life1909Short writer
Confidence1909Short writer
A Sound Sleeper1909Short writer
The Winning Coat1909Short writer
A Rude Hostess1909Short writer
Schneider's Anti-Noise Crusade1909Short writer
The Road to the Heart1909Short writer
Trying to Get Arrested1909Short writer
A Drunkard's Reformation1909Short writer
Jones and His New Neighbors1909Short writer
The Medicine Bottle1909Short writer
A Burglar's Mistake1909Short writer
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them1909Short writer
The Voice of the Violin1909Short writer
I Did It1909Short writer
The Lure of the Gown1909Short writer
The Salvation Army Lass1909Short writer
The Roue's Heart1909Short writer
The Wooden Leg1909Short writer
A Fool's Revenge1909Short writer
His Wife's Mother1909Short writer
The Prussian Spy1909Short writer
At the Altar1909Short writer
The Golden Louis1909Short writer
The Politician's Love Story1909Short writer
The Hindoo Dagger1909Short writer
The Joneses Have Amateur Theatricals1909Short writer
His Ward's Love1909Short writer
The Curtain Pole1909Short writer
Tragic Love1909Short writer
A Wreath in Time1909Short writer
Edgar Allan Poe1909Short writer
The Brahma Diamond1909Short writer
The Girls and Daddy1909Short writer
The Cord of Life1909Short writer
The Welcome Burglar1909Short writer
Those Awful Hats1909Short uncredited
Mr. Jones Has a Card Party1909Short writer
The Fascinating Mrs. Francis1909Short writer
The Criminal Hypnotist1909Short writer
Those Boys!1909Short writer
A Rural Elopement1909Short writer
The Sacrifice1909/IShort writer
Love Finds a Way1909Short writer
The Honor of Thieves1909Short writer
Mrs. Jones Entertains1909Short writer
The Maniac Cook1909Short writer
When Knighthood Was in Flower1908Short writer
The Helping Hand1908Short writer
Mr. Jones at the Ball1908Short writer
The Christmas Burglars1908Short writer
An Awful Moment1908Short writer
The Test of Friendship1908Short writer
The Reckoning1908Short writer
The Feud and the Turkey1908Short writer
The Valet's Wife1908Short writer
Money Mad1908Short writer
The Clubman and the Tramp1908Short writer
A Woman's Way1908Short writer
The Ingrate1908Short writer
The Song of the Shirt1908Short writer
The Guerrilla1908Short writer
The Taming of the Shrew1908Short writer
The Pirate's Gold1908Short writer
Concealing a Burglar1908Short writer
The Call of the Wild1908Short writer
Romance of a Jewess1908Short writer
The Planter's Wife1908Short writer
The Vaquero's Vow1908Short writer
Ingomar, the Barbarian1908Short writer
Father Gets in the Game1908Short writer
The Zulu's Heart1908Short writer
The Devil1908/IShort writer
The Stolen Jewels1908Short writer
A Smoked Husband1908Short writer
Where the Breakers Roar1908Short writer
The Heart of O Yama1908Short writer
The Red Girl1908Short writer
Behind the Scenes1908Short writer
The Girl and the Outlaw1908Short writer
Betrayed by a Handprint1908Short writer
For a Wife's Honor1908Short writer
Balked at the Altar1908Short writer
For Love of Gold1908Short writer
The Fatal Hour1908Short writer
The Man and the Woman1908Short writer
The Greaser's Gauntlet1908Short writer
A Calamitous Elopement1908Short writer
The Bandit's Waterloo1908Short writer
The Red Man and the Child1908Short writer
At the Crossroads of Life1908Short writer
The Outlaw1908Short writer
Mixed Babies1908Short writer
'Ostler Joe1908Short writer
When Knights Were Bold1908Short writer
The Music Master1908Short writer
Old Isaacs, the Pawnbroker1908Short writer
Footlight Varieties1951segment "Confidence"
The Struggle1931uncredited
Isn't Life Wonderful1924
Mammy's Boy1923Short writer
The White Rose1923as Irene Sinclair
One Exciting Night1922story - as Irene Sinclair
Orphans of the Storm1921as Gaston de Tolignac
Dream Street1921as Roy Sinclair
Way Down East1920uncredited
The Love Flower1920
The Mother and the Law1919screenplay / story
The Fall of Babylon1919writer
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl1919writer
The Girl Who Stayed at Home1919writer
A Romance of Happy Valley1919story - as Captain Victor Marier
The Greatest Thing in Life1918as Captain Victor Marier
Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal1918Short writer
The Hun Within1918as Granville Warwick
The Great Love1918as Captain Victor Marier
Hearts of the World1918English translation - as Capt. Victor Marier / scenario - as M. Gaston de Tolignac
Diane of the Follies1916as Granville Warwick
The Marriage of Molly-O1916as Granville Warwick
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916scenario / titles - uncredited
An Innocent Magdalene1916story - as Granville Warwick
Hoodoo Ann1916as Granville Warwick
The Flying Torpedo1916
Daphne and the Pirate1916as Granville Warwick
The Missing Links1916as Granville Warwick
Let Katie Do It1916story - as Granville Warwick
The Wood Nymph1916story - as Granville Hicks
The Lily and the Rose1915story - as Granville Warwick
The Lamb1915story - as Granville Warwick
Enoch Arden1915Short
The Birth of a Nation1915
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'1914
The Escape1914uncredited
Home, Sweet Home1914
Judith of Bethulia1914
The Battle of Elderbush Gulch1913Short writer
Two Men of the Desert1913Short writer
Her Mother's Oath1913Short writer
Just Gold1913Short writer
The Wanderer1913/IIShort
The Lady and the Mouse1913Short writer
The Little Tease1913Short writer
The Massacre1912Short
My Hero1912Short
Brutality1912Short
The Musketeers of Pig Alley1912Short uncredited
The Painted Lady1912Short uncredited
A Feud in the Kentucky Hills1912Short
Friends1912Short
A Pueblo Legend1912Short
A Change of Spirit1912Short
Man's Genesis1912Short
The Eternal Mother1912Short
Never Again1910/IShort
Ramona1910Short
The Thread of Destiny1910Short story
The Newlyweds1910Short
The Englishman and the Girl1910Short
One Night, and Then --1910Short
The Duke's Plan1910Short
The Woman from Mellon's1910Short
The Last Deal1910Short
The Call1910Short
On the Reef1910Short
Her Terrible Ordeal1910Short
The Dancing Girl of Butte1910Short
The Rocky Road1910Short
Choosing a Husband1909Short writer
To Save Her Soul1909Short writer
In a Hempen Bag1909Short writer
The Test1909Short writer
A Corner in Wheat1909Short uncredited
The Mountaineer's Honor1909Short writer
The Open Gate1909Short writer
A Midnight Adventure1909Short writer
A Sweet Revenge1909Short writer
Two Women and a Man1909Short writer
The Restoration1909Short writer
The Light That Came1909Short writer
Nursing a Viper1909Short writer
The Gibson Goddess1909Short writer
What's Your Hurry?1909Short writer
Lines of White on a Sullen Sea1909Short writer
In the Watches of the Night1909Short writer
The Expiation1909Short writer
His Lost Love1909Short writer
Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience1909Short writer
Wanted, a Child1909Short writer
The Broken Locket1909Short writer
Getting Even1909Short writer
The Children's Friend1909Short writer
The Hessian Renegades1909Short writer
The Little Darling1909Short writer
The Mills of the Gods1909Short writer
Oh, Uncle!1909Short writer
The Seventh Day1909Short writer
His Wife's Visitor1909Short writer
Mrs. Jones' Lover; or, 'I Want My Hat'1909Short writer
With Her Card1909Short writer
Mr. Jones' Burglar1909Short writer
A Strange Meeting1909Short writer
The Slave1909Short writer
A Convict's Sacrifice1909Short writer
Jealousy and the Man1909Short writer
The Renunciation1909Short writer
Tender Hearts1909Short writer
The Friend of the Family1909Short writer
The Country Doctor1909Short uncredited
The Way of Man1909Short writer
The Mexican Sweethearts1909Short writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Million B.C.1940producer - uncredited
The Struggle1931producer - uncredited
Abraham Lincoln1930producer
The Battle of the Sexes1928producer
Drums of Love1928producer
The Sorrows of Satan1926producer
Sally of the Sawdust1925producer
Isn't Life Wonderful1924producer
America1924producer
The White Rose1923producer
One Exciting Night1922producer
Orphans of the Storm1921producer
Dream Street1921producer
Way Down East1920producer - uncredited
The Love Flower1920producer
Romance1920producer - uncredited
The World of Columbus1919Short documentary producer
The Greatest Question1919producer
Scarlet Days1919producer
The Mother and the Law1919producer
The Fall of Babylon1919producer
True Heart Susie1919producer
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl1919producer - uncredited
The Girl Who Stayed at Home1919producer
A Romance of Happy Valley1919producer
The Greatest Thing in Life1918producer
Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal1918Short producer
The Great Love1918producer
Hearts of the World1918producer - uncredited
A Day with Governor Whitman1916Documentary short producer
The Mainspring1916producer
Fifty-Fifty1916/Iproducer
The Social Secretary1916producer
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916producer
The Half-Breed1916producer
Macbeth1916producer
Susan Rocks the Boat1916producer
The Flying Torpedo1916producer
Old Heidelberg1915supervising producer
The Lily and the Rose1915producer
Ghosts1915producer
The Birth of a Nation1915producer
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'1914producer
The Life of General Villa1914supervising producer
The Dishonored Medal1914supervising producer
The Primitive Man1914Short producer
The Floor Above1914Short supervising producer
The Great Leap: Until Death Do Us Part1914supervising producer
The Gangsters of New York1914Short supervising producer
Life of Villa1912Documentary producer
Lena and the Geese1912Short producer
The Goddess of Sagebrush Gulch1912Short executive producer
The Eternal Mother1912Short producer
Flaming Arrows1911producer
The Last Drop of Water1911Short executive producer
Fighting Blood1911Short executive producer
The Smile of a Child1911Short producer
The Lonedale Operator1911Short executive producer - uncredited
After the Ball1910Short producer
His Wife's Sweethearts1910Short producer
The Recreation of an Heiress1910Short producer
White Roses1910Short producer
Happy Jack, a Hero1910Short producer
Turning the Tables1910/IShort producer
Effecting a Cure1910Short producer
His New Lid1910Short producer
Not So Bad as It Seemed1910Short producer
Love in Quarantine1910Short producer
The Troublesome Baby1910Short producer
The Passing of a Grouch1910Short producer
The Proposal1910Short producer
A Lucky Toothache1910Short producer
The Masher1910Short producer
A Gold Necklace1910Short producer
How Hubby Got a Raise1910Short producer
A Summer Tragedy1910Short producer
Muggsy Becomes a Hero1910Short producer
The Affair of an Egg1910Short producer
An Old Story with a New Ending1910Short producer
When We Were in Our Teens1910Short producer
May and December1910Short producer
Never Again1910/IShort producer
A Knot in the Plot1910Short producer
Bill Sharkey's Last Game1910Short producer
An Affair of Hearts1910Short producer
Up a Tree1910Short producer
The Tenderfoot's Triumph1910Short producer
The Kid1910Short producer
The Smoker1910Short producer
The Love of Lady Irma1910Short producer
All on Account of the Milk1910Short producer
The Day After1909Short producer
Leather Stocking1909Short producer
The Cardinal's Conspiracy1909Short producer
The Man and the Woman1908Short producer
Deceived Slumming Party1908Short producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Classmates1914Short supervising director
Influence of the Unknown1913Short supervisor
Die Sonne. Der Kameramann. Eine Erfindung.1995Short director: archive footage
Drums of Love1928presenter
Way Down East1920presenter - uncredited
The Mother and the Law1919presenter
The Hun Within1918supervisor
The Great Love1918presenter
Hearts of the World1918presenter
Betsy's Burglar1917supervisor
A Girl of the Timber Claims1917supervisor
The Americano1916supervisor
The Matrimaniac1916Short supervisor
The Microscope Mystery1916supervisor
American Aristocracy1916supervisor
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916presenter
Flirting with Fate1916supervisor
The Mystery of the Leaping Fish1916Short supervisor
Reggie Mixes In1916supervisor
Little Meena's Romance1916supervisor
Hoodoo Ann1916supervisor
The Flying Torpedo1916supervisor
Betty of Greystone1916supervisor
His Picture in the Papers1916supervisor
The Missing Links1916supervisor
The Wood Nymph1916supervisor
Pathways of Life1916Short supervisor
Home from the Sea1915Short supervisor
Don Quixote1915supervisor
Cross Currents1915supervisor
The Sable Lorcha1915supervisor
Martyrs of the Alamo1915supervisor
The Penitentes1915supervisor
Jordan Is a Hard Road1915supervisor
The Lamb1915supervisor
Enoch Arden1915Short supervisor
The Birth of a Nation1915presents
The Old Maid1914Short supervisor
The Odalisque1914Short supervising director
For Her Father's Sins1914Short supervising director
Her Awakening1914/IShort supervising director
For Those Unborn1914Short supervising director
The Second Mrs. Roebuck1914Short supervising director
Men and Women1914Short supervising director
The Soul of Honor1914Short supervising director
Liberty Belles1914Short supervisor
Strongheart1914Short supervising director

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
San Francisco1936Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Enoch Arden1915ShortWalter Fenn (uncredited)
Two Daughters of Eve1912ShortAt Stage Door
A Close Call1912/IShort
The Adventures of Billy1911ShortOn Bench
The Hessian Renegades1909Short
At the Altar1909Short
The Politician's Love Story1909ShortMan, First Couple
The Girls and Daddy1909ShortAt Black & Tan Ball
When Knighthood Was in Flower1908Short
Ingomar, the Barbarian1908Short
The Devil1908/IShort
The Stolen Jewels1908ShortCrowd Member at Exchange
The Heart of O Yama1908ShortFootman
The Red Girl1908ShortMan on Footpath
Balked at the Altar1908Short
The Fatal Hour1908ShortPoliceman
A Calamitous Elopement1908ShortPoliceman
Deceived Slumming Party1908ShortReginald O.C. Wittington
The Black Viper1908ShortRescuer
The Stage Rustler1908ShortPhil Bowen
The Kentuckian1908Short
At the Crossroads of Life1908ShortSuitor
At the French Ball1908ShortHusband
The Man in the Box1908ShortStation Agent
The Invisible Fluid1908ShortMailman
'Ostler Joe1908ShortLover
When Knights Were Bold1908Short
The Music Master1908Short
The Sculptor's Nightmare1908Short
The King's Messenger1908ShortMessenger
Hulda's Lovers1908ShortHandy Hank
King of the Cannibal Islands1908ShortCannibal in Top Hat
A Famous Escape1908ShortPrisoner
Old Isaacs, the Pawnbroker1908ShortDoctor, Charity Worker
Caught by Wireless1908ShortPaddy
Her First Adventure1908ShortFather
The Yellow Peril1908ShortMr. Phlipp
The Princess in the Vase1908ShortLover
Cupid's Pranks1908ShortExtra at Ball (uncredited)
Classmates1908ShortExtra (uncredited)
Falsely Accused!1908ShortCop in Court
Rescued from an Eagle's Nest1908ShortFather
Professional Jealousy1908ShortExtra on Stage (uncredited)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Struggle1931uncredited
The Birth of a Nation1915music

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916uncredited
The Birth of a Nation1915

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hearts of the World1918music arranger - uncredited
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916music arranger - uncredited

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
San Francisco1936second unit director - uncredited

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916uncredited

Make Up Department

Make Up Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916makeup artist - uncredited

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages1916uncredited

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Double Trouble1915production supervisor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Filmed Prologue to Birth of a Nation1930ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 201921Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 131920Documentary shortHimself
Hearts of the World1918Himself (in prologue for British release) (uncredited)
Film spécial pour Monsieur Griffith1917DocumentaryHimself
The Birth of a Nation1915Himself (1931 reissue version) (uncredited)
Helen's Marriage1912ShortHimself / Director

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flashback: The First World War2014DocumentaryHimself
Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies2008DocumentaryHimself
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk2007Video documentaryHimself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema2007DocumentaryHimself
Filmmakers in Action2005DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
American Experience2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate2004DocumentaryHimself
Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tramp and the Dictator2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - #66
Film Breaks1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Star Power: The Creation of United Artists1998Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Birth of a Nation'1998Video documentary shortHimself
Mary Pickford: A Life on Film1997DocumentaryHimself (with Pickford, Fairbanks, Chaplin) (uncredited)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters1988-1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryHimself
Cameramen Who Dared1988TV Short documentaryHimself (in WWI trench) (uncredited)
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War1975DocumentaryHimself
The Funniest Man in the World1967DocumentaryHimself
The Great Director1966TV Movie documentaryHimself - Subject
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Golden Years1961TV Movie documentaryHimself (as David Wark Griffith)
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino1961Video documentaryHimself
Der Stummfilm1958TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (Part 2)
Laughs of Yesterday1953Short
Flicker Flashbacks No. 6, Series 51948ShortPoliceman (edited from "Caught by Wireless (1908)") (uncredited)
Cameramen at War1943Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Flicker Flashbacks No. 1, Series 11943Shortedited from 'Rescued from an Eagle's Nest'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6535 Hollywood Blvd.
1938DGA Honorary Life Member AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA
1936Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USA

For his distinguished creative achievements as director and producer and his invaluable initiative ... More


TitleSalary
The Birth of a Nation (1915)$300 per week plus 37.5% of net profits
Her First Biscuits (1909)$52 .50
When Knighthood Was in Flower (1908)$35
The Stage Rustler (1908)$35
At the Crossroads of Life (1908)$15
'Ostler Joe (1908)$15
The Music Master (1908)$15
Old Isaacs, the Pawnbroker (1908)$15
Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1908)$5 /day

#Quote
1[on being honored at the 1935 Academy Awards ceremony] We had many worries in those days, small worries. Now you people have your worries and they are big ones. They have grown with the business - and no matter what its problems, it's the greatest business in the world.
2[to Mary Pickford] You're too little and too fat, but I might give you a job.
3[on Mary Pickford] She never stopped listening and learning.
4[on sound movies] It is my arrogant belief that we have lost beauty.
5[on James Mason] That Mason is the greatest actor.
6We do not want now and we never shall want the human voice with our films. Music -- fine music -- will always be the voice of the silent drama.
7[on Douglas Fairbanks] He has such verve. He can use his body.
8Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? What art? What science?
9Movies are written in sand: applauded today, forgotten tomorrow.
10Remember how small the world was before I came along? I brought it all to life: I moved the whole world onto a 20-foot screen.
11I made them see, didn't I? I changed everything.
12[on what people associated with silent films] The good old American faculty of wanting to be shown things.
13Everything went downhill after Lillian [Lillian Gish] left me.
14Actors should never be important. Only directors should have power and place.
15Talkies, squeakies, moanies, songies, squawkies . . . Just give them ten years to develop and you're going to see the greatest artistic medium the world has known.
16There will never be talking pictures.
17[Instructions Griffith allegedly gave to his assistants during the making of one of his epics, quoted by Josef von Sternberg in his memoir "Fun in a Chinese Laundry"] Move these 10,000 horses a trifle to the right, and that mob out there three feet forward.
18by G.W. Bitzer in "Billy Bitzer: His Story."] A film without a message is just a waste of time.

#Trademark
1His films depict the cruelty of humankind.

Check Also

Fred Gipson

A Twentieth-century American article writer, he’s remembered for his basic 1956 novel Aged Yeller. His …