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    My topic, D.W Griffith, was a man that very few people know about. He was one of the founding fathers of modern film making and one of the first people to add camera effects to his work. However, he had humble beginnings because he was born on a farm in Kentucky on January 22, 1875. His full name was David Llewelyn Wark Griffith. His parents were Jacob and Mary Griffith, they met each other after the Civil War, but during the war his father fought on the side of the Confederates as a Colonel. This being said, David got to hear many romanticized tales of battle, which would later show itself in some of his films. When he was growing up, he lived onthe farm for a short time until his father died, and after his father’s passing his mother decided to sell the farm and move to Louisville. This change of setting proved to be more difficult to adjust to than she had thought, because David ended up having to drop out of school in order to contribute to the family’s income. In the begging of his career he wanted to be an actor and a writer, but he was very little success in that field. After unsuccessfully searching for a job in the playwright business he accepted a role in the, at the time new, motion picture venue for the Edwin Porter Company. After working there he eventually moved on to the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company where he directed over four hundred and fifty short films. One of his most well-known trade marks in his films, was the…

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    Colleen Moore was an American film actress in silent film era. Moore became one of the most fashionable stars of the era and popularize with her's bobbed haircut.Moore was the eldest child and she owned dollhouses as a child, but her father suggested that she should pursue her passion for miniatures and dollhouses by creating the "doll house" of her dreams. She started taking her first step in Hollywood when she was 15 years old,her uncle arranged a screen test with American film director like…

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    that concept. Released in 1919 in the U.S., Broken Blossoms featured some regular actors for Griffith, namely Lillian Gish and Donald Crisp as Lucy Burrows and Battling Burrows respectively and Richard Barthelmess as Cheng Huan (or the Yellow Man as the film calls him). Though the story of the film is in essence a bare-bones romantic drama where a guy chases a girl for her affections but ultimately, as if it were a Shakespearean play, everyone dies, it was nonetheless a unique take of that…

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    sharply contrasted fashion and beauty standards of the 1900’s in that women allowed themselves to transform into multi-dimensional beings beyond the image of the innocent, delicate female that was prevalent in the 1900s. Prior to the Roaring Twenties, female fashion often depicted women as pure, harmless beings. Wearing tight corsets emphasizing a tiny waist and long, bustling skirts, their fashionable outfits were not only extremely conservative (CITE), but also physically restricting; anything…

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    The actors in each film are indicative of the era in which they were made. In The Immigrant, a silent era film, director Charlie Chaplin uses a group of actors that he’s used in previous films, most importantly Edna Purviance and Henry Bergman, with the latter starting in two of Chaplin’s 1915 films, The Kreutzer Sonata and The Melting Pot, all the way to Modern Times in 1936. Many similar ‘auteurs” of the time used the same actors as well, especially D.W. Griffith, who used actress Lillian Gish…

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    Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement which is the highest honor a playwright can receive. “He also won an Obie award, a BBC Best Play Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, a Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Algur Meadows Award. He was named Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities in…

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    Adventures of Dollie. This was the first of many movies that Griffith was going to direct for the company. This was a twelve minute film with a story line of a family taking their daughter on an outing. Griffith directed 48 films for the company that entire year. The young director found much joy in this and was much excited for what was to come. One of many Griffith's short films one was called “In Old California” this was the first film shot in Hollywood, California in 1910. Four years later…

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    Citadel Press, and together they wanted to release a series of African-oriented children’s books. In 1973 they released one named How the Leopard Got His Claws (1973). Around this time he also release a considerable amount of poetry; some collections including Beware, Soul-Brother (1971) and Christmas in Biafra (1973). Along with writing he took on the role of teaching at Universities. He was a professor of English at the University of Nigeria, he taught Africana Studies at the University of…

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