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Stagestruck filmmaker : D.W. Griffith & the American theatre

Author: David Mayer
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©2009.
Series: Studies in theatre history and culture.
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"An actor, a vaudevillian, and a dramatist before he became a filmmaker, D.W. Griffith used the resources of theatre to great purpose and to great ends. In pioneering the quintessentially modern medium of film from the 1890s to the 1930s, he drew from older, more broadly appealing stage forms of melodrama, comedy, vaudeville, and variety. In Stagestruck Filmmaker, David Mayer brings Griffith's process vividly to  Read more...
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Named Person: D W Griffith; David W Griffith
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Mayer
ISBN: 9781587297908 1587297906
OCLC Number: 255955180
Description: xi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The mobile theatre --
Actor and playwright --
Griffith at Biograph --
Dramas of Civil War, ethnicity, and race --
The Clansman and The birth of a nation --
Eclecticism and exploration --
Way down East --
Twilight revels.
Series Title: Studies in theatre history and culture.
Responsibility: David Mayer.
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An actor, a vaudevillian, and a dramatist before he became a filmmaker, D W Griffith used the resources of theatre to great purpose and to great ends. This title brings Griffith's process, offering  Read more...

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