After directing over 500 short silent films from 1908 onwards and earning his title as `The Father of Film' due to his pioneering techniques in cinematography, D.W. Griffith made his most famous mark with some of cinema's first giant epics with historic and moral themes such as "Intolerance" (1916). His love for history led him to direct further historical dramas in the same style, often involving realistic battle scenes and conflicts such as World War I in "Hearts of the World" (1918) and the French Revolution in "Orphans of the Storm" (1921) In each saga the film revolves around a family or several individuals who are trapped and torn apart by the conflict, making the historic events reach the hearts and lives of the audience. This successful formula was applied once more in "America" which begins with the Americans' dissatisfaction with the British, Paul Revere's famous ride and call "the British are coming!", the first bloodshed at Lexington between British forces and American...
At this point in his career, Griffith's shot composition and editorial technique are so honed to perfection that one almost forgets that one is watching a masterpiece. Virtually every composition is extraordinary, and every shot has its exact place in the montage. The dramatization is dull only if one fails to realize that what Griffith is playing off against each other are the aesthetics of the wax museum and the aesthetics of melodrama. This is the dialectic that propels the film, in which American history intentionally looks stuffed and boring against the dissociative fragmentation of Griffith's modernist visuals and the fullsome sentimentality of the romance. Perhaps not for all viewers, but significant work in the Griffith canon.
Wow! It included no tracking and said that it would be here on June 29.Well I already have it on the 8th! I only ordered it on the 5th!Now that is super speedy!It does not matter to me that it is VHS since I love Vhs! This was the only way that I could afford it! I could have gotten it on DVD for 75.00$Ouch!This is the only film I have seen that tells the story of the American revolution! It is so thrilling especially Paul Reveres ride. I really feel that I am there. I have wanted this film for at least 10 years but I had trouble finding it and then once I found it I could not afford it until now. Now I will be able to watch it for the 4th of July! I am so happy! This is a dream come true! Amazon rating:1 star due to horrible employee treatment!
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