49 Great Directors: D.W. Griffith

“Actors should never be important. Only directors should have power and place.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Birth of a Nation and Intolerance.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Broken Blossoms.

What Did I Watch: The Unchanging Sea.

Where Does He Fit: The sea is a thing that you can project whatever you want onto, and D.W. Griffith’s The Unchanging Sea might be his finest hour as a filmmaker because of capturing this essential truth, and for not making something so fucking endless for a change. Something about these women just staring off into the distance while their husbands are on the boats is timeless and beautiful, with waves that have never looked more splendid.

the-unchanging-sea

Most Valuable Asset: Experimentation.
Most Excited For: Not much, seen all the features. Lonedale Operator?
Did They Deserve a Spot?: I suppose.

Coming Up Next: Kino-eye Dziga Vertov.

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