D. W. Griffith: The Years at Biograph (Robert M. Morton Henderson)

D. W. Griffith: The Years at Biograph (Robert M. [Morton] Henderson) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section. priced at just £4.00!

London: Secker & Warburg, 1971, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; List of sources; Filmography; Appendix;

From the cover: When Larry Griffith started work as a motion-picture actor in 1908 at the Biograph studio he doubted that the movie industry would last very long. Some months later, when Biograph needed a director and offered him the post, he accepted on condition that he wouldnt lose his acting job if it did not work out. It not only worked out with spectacular success, but D. W. Griffith went on to become perhaps the greatest director ever known. What he did at Biograph between 1908 and 1913 changed the history of movies. Robert Henderson explores in depth these five crucial and fascinating years. Starting almost from scratch, Griffith and his associates -especially photographer Billy Bitzer-invented the grammar of the film. They made hundreds of pictures, usually two one-reelers every week. Griffith was constantly opposed by the front office in his effort to make longer pictures; this finally led to his break with Biograph. Between his first film, The Adventures of Dolly, a 1908 one-reeler, and Judith of Bethulia, a 1913 four-reel spectacle the Biograph years of D. W. Griffith comprise an exciting story of creative discovery and growth.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.

Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 250 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8½” x 5½”.

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