Posts tagged with "D.W. Griffith"

Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and “The New York Hat” (1912)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 8, 2013 3 Comments 6854 views

This post was originally published on May 11, 2011, but I’m reposting it today as part of the Mary Pickford Blogathon hosted by Classic Movies. Be sure to check out all of the other fantastic Pickford posts from a diverse and talent group of critics! I have the remarkable privilege of spending a great deal […]

D.W. Griffith’s The Battle at Elderbush Gulch

Posted by Brandy Dean March 28, 2013 4 Comments 4501 views

Guess what? Today is the release 99th anniversary of D.W. Griffith’s The Battle at Elderbush Gulch. Here’s an easy six step plan to fully enjoying this Biograph short! 1. Please do not offer me guff about the release date. It was made in 1913, released in Germany for some murky reason in 1913, but the […]

10 Things About The Birth of a Nation

Posted by Brandy Dean February 8, 2013 4 Comments 9131 views

If you’re going to love silent cinema or if you’re going to make a study of the early development of movies, you’re gonna have to butt heads with D.W. Griffith. And you’re going to have to come to some kind of truce with The Birth of a Nation. We all know the problems with that […]

Top 5 Silent Films for Newbies

Posted by Brandy Dean January 30, 2013 26 Comments 8865 views

As the social reach of Pretty Clever Films keeps expanding (first Twitter, then the world ya’ll!) I’ve been getting some version of this question quite a lot lately: I’ve never seen a silent movie. What do you recommend? Of course, we silent film enthusiasts both welcome this question and sort of dread this question. It […]

Watch: The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

Posted by Brandy Dean October 31, 2012 0 Comment 1001 views

Directed by D.W. Griffith and written by Anita Loos, The Musketeers of Pig Alley is often cited as the first gangster film. The short was originally released on October 31, 1912 and got a re-release a few years later on November 5, 1915. While The Musketeers of Pig Alley is no Scarface (either Muni or […]

Film Friday Weekly Roundup: The Come Up and See Me Sometime Edition

Posted by Brandy Dean August 17, 2012 0 Comment 1007 views

It’s been like Christmas and a birthday rolled into one for silent film fans this week. TCM featured Lillian Gish and set the interwebs ablaze with talk about the finest Griffith-Gish collaborations. The Speechless Blogathon sponsored by Eternity of Dream kicks off today, bringing us first viewing impressions of silent film classics. Could it get […]

Watch: Sally of the Sawdust (1925)

Posted by Brandy Dean August 2, 2012 0 Comment 1008 views

Sally of the Sawdust (1925) is an American silent comedy film, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring W. C. Fields, and based on the 1923 stage musical Poppy. It was originally released on August 2, 1925. I don’t find W.C. Fields nearly as funny as the rest of the world seems to, but watch it because it was directed […]

Watch: The Mothering Heart (1913)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 21, 2012 1 Comment 1077 views

D.W. Griffith’s The Mothering Heart was released on June 21, 1913. You can never ever go wrong with the incomparable Lillian Gish. A pregnant wife (Lillian Gish) is deserted by her husband (Walter Miller) and must give birth alone. After the baby is born, it dies. Meanwhile, the woman who the husband has an affair […]

Watch: Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Through the Ages

Posted by Brandy Dean June 2, 2012 1 Comment 915 views

Summer seems to be on hiatus in my backyard this Saturday. If the same is true where you live, then maybe it’s the perfect time to drag your laptop over to the cozy, comfy bed and settle in for a watch of D.W. Griffith’s epic Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Through the Ages. I have some mixed […]

Review: The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 3, 2012 9 Comments 3839 views

  Thanks to the generosity and hospitality of an awesome Toronto film fan, I had the opportunity to see The Mystery of the Leaping Fish last weekend. I’ve seen this silent short before, but it’s been awhile and I had forgotten how truly weird and oddball it is. I think a lot of silent film […]

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