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.


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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