D. W. Griffith, most famous for his controversial film Birth of a Nation, was one of the undisputed pioneers of the film industry.
This illustrated monograph, first published in 1940, traces Griffith's rise from an obscure actor-poet to the most imaginative and resourceful film producer of his time.
In this facsimile edition of this classic book, Iris Barry gives a critical evaluation of the man under whose aegis the basic principles of the art of motion pictures were first fully developed.
As Barry writes in the book's conclusion, 'the men who make films today know who it was that taught them the basis of their craft.
The American public, who for 45 years have so keenly enjoyed and supported the motion picture...are recognizing that in Griffith they have one of the greatest and most original artists of our time.'
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 40 pages, 40 Illustrations, black and white
- Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
- Publication Date: 21/10/2002
- Category: Individual film directors, film-makers
- ISBN: 9780870706837