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D. W. Griffith

David Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 – July 23, 1948) was an American film director. Widely considered as the most important filmmaker of his generation, he pioneered the feature-length movie and many enduring cinematic techniques, such as the close-up.

His film The Birth of a Nation (1915) broke box-office records but also attracted much controversy, as it depicted African Americans in a negative light and glorified the Ku Klux Klan. Intolerance (1916) was made as an answer to his critics. Several of Griffith's later films were also successful, including Broken Blossoms (1919), Way Down East (1920), and Orphans of the Storm (1921), but the high costs he incurred for production and promotion often led to commercial failure. He had made roughly 500 films by the time of his final feature, The Struggle (1931).

Together with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks, he founded United Artists, enabling them to control their own interests, rather than depending on commercial studios. Griffith was a founder member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 22nd, 1875 (La Grange), Died July 23rd, 1948 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: session supervisor, speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MVE-70886 16-in. 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording session supervisor  
Victor MVE-70887 16-in. 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recordings session supervisor  
Victor MVE-70888 16-in. 10/27/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer session supervisor  
Victor MVE-70889 16-in. 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording session supervisor  
Victor MVE-70890 16-in. 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer session supervisor  
Victor MVE-70891 16-in. 10/28/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71056 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71057 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recordings session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71058 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71059 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed recording session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71060 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71061 35mm film 11/8/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71062 35mm film 11/9/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with dubbed reocrding session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71063 35mm film 11/9/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71064 35mm film 11/10/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack : Re-recording from film, with female vocal solo and organ session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71065 35mm film 11/9/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack session supervisor  
Victor FVE-71066 35mm film 11/10/1931 The struggle D. W. Griffith, Inc. Motion picture soundtrack session supervisor  
Victor LCS-75348 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 3/1/1933 D. W. Griffith's Hollywood D. W. Griffith Radio broadcast speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Griffith, D. W.," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102447.

Griffith, D. W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102447.

"Griffith, D. W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102447

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