|The Master at work D.W. Griffith in his trademark hat|
The Year is 1908, a new Director who goes by the name of D.W. Griffith, directs his first film called The Adventures of Dollie. This is not a great film yet, Mr Griffith develops a sense of shot composition. He came up with the idea of breaking up scenes into various series of shots and somehow still keep up the action, he thought he could increase the dramatic intensity of his films. He releases a film in 1909 A Corner In Wheat that uses these new ideas of filming, but unfortunately the management at the studio Biograph do not like his new ideas and believe the audience wont get it. So in his anger he goes on his own to make his own California studio and company called Mutual/Reliance Majestic. Guess where this studio is... that is right in a little untouched place called Hollywood.
|Lillian Gish in Intolerance 1916|
1916 is now upon us and Mr Griffith releases his next huge epic of a film Intolerance. This film took movie narrative to a whole new level, it tells four parallel stories that are set over four different time periods. It is hailed as a financial disaster because, the audience just do not warm to it. This marks the beginning of the fall of D.W. Griffith, even tho he helped film narrative so much.The film also starred Lillian Gish who was one of the first stars of Hollywood.
After D.W. there is two types of cinema that take off hugely in separate parts of the world. Germany explores expression cinema, while America with its newly found Hollywood goes into comedy and action/adventure.
|The wonderful and artistic Dr Caligari|
Next to come in Part Three, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks.