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A Companion to D. W. Griffith

Keil, Charles (Editor)

WBCF - Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors


1. Edition January 2018
624 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-118-34125-4
John Wiley & Sons

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The most comprehensive volume on one of the most controversial directors in American film history

A Companion to D.W. Griffith offers an exhaustive look at the first acknowledged auteur of the cinema and provides an authoritative account of the director's life, work, and lasting filmic legacy.

The text explores how Griffith's style and status advanced along with cinema's own development during the years when narrative became the dominant mode, when the short gave way to the feature, and when film became the pre-eminent form of mass entertainment. Griffith was at the centre of each of these changes: though a contested figure, he remains vital to any understanding of how cinema moved from nickelodeon fixture to a national pastime, playing a significant role in the cultural ethos of America.

With the renewed interest in Griffith's contributions to the film industry, A Companion to D.W. Griffith offers a scholarly look at a career that spanned more than 25 years. The editor, a leading scholar on D.W. Griffith, and the expert contributors collectively offer a unique account of one of the monumental figures in film studies.
* Presents the most authoritative, complete account of the director's life, work, and lasting legacy
* Builds on the recent resurgence in the director's scholarly and popular reputation
* Edited by a leading authority on D.W. Griffith, who has published extensively on this controversial director
* Offers the most up-to-date, singularly comprehensive volume on one of the monumental figures in film studies

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Charlie Keil


1. Disciplinary Descent: Film Studies, Families, and the Origins of Narrative Cinema
Jennifer M. Bean

2. Griffith's Moral Profile
Ben Singer

3. "The Beauty of Moving Wind in the Trees": Cinematic Presence and the Films of D.W. Griffith - Daniel Fairfax


4. D.W. Griffith and the Emergence of Crosscutting
André Gaudreault and Philippe Gauthier

5. D.W. Griffith and the Primal Scene
Tom Gunning

6. Griffith's Biograph Shorts: Electric Power and Film Style, from East to West
Charles O'Brien


7. Deep Theatrical Roots: Griffith and the Theatre
David Mayer

8. Notes on Floral Symbolism, Allegory, and Intermediality in the Films of D.W. Griffith
Jan Olsson

9. Living Portraits: Signs of (the) Time in D.W. Griffith
Joyce E. Jesionowski


10. Griffith's Body Language and Film Narration: "The Voluptuary" Versus "The Spirituelle"
Maggie Hennefeld

11. Cross-Dressing in Griffith's Biograph Films: Humor, Heroics, and Edna "Billy" Foster's Good Bad Boys
Laura Horak

12. Space, Gender, Oversight, and Social Change: Progressivism and the Films of D.W. Griffith, 1909-1916
Moya Luckett

13. Progressive Pastoral: Social Justice Reforms and Biograph Films, 1908-1911
Grant Wiedenfeld


14. Gendering Ministry and Reform: Griffith and the Plight of Protestant Uplift
Anne Morey

15. "Squalid Without Being Tragic": Griffith's "Isn't Life Wonderful"
Russell Merritt

16. Faust at Famous Players
Andrew Nelson

17. Griffith in a Minor Key: Early Art Cinema Looking Backward
Kaveh Askari


18. "Damage Unwittingly Done": D.W. Griffith and the Re-Birth of the Ku Klux Klan
Tom Rice

19. "History by Lightning": D.W. Griffith in South Africa
Nicole Devarenne

20. Blossoms Breaking at the Dawn of Cinephilia: The Reception of D.W. Griffith in France
Annie Fee

21. The Legacy of Intolerance
Paul McEwan
Charlie Keil is the Principal of Innis College and a Professor in the Cinema Studies Institute and the History Department at the University of Toronto. He has published six books, many focusing on aspects of silent cinema. He is an editorial board member of Cinema Journal, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and Film Quarterly.

C. Keil, University of Toronto