in about 100 words or less
US 166m, Colour / B&W
Directors: David Gill, Kevin Brownlow: Cast: D.W. Griffith; Lindsay Anderson
In this illuminating three-part documentary, the life and art of D.W. Griffith is assiduously explored from his earliest work at Biograph Studios, through his monumental productions which earned him the title of The Father of Film, and finally, his later years, when his work fell out of favour. Despite the controversial legacy surrounding The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gill and Brownlow tell the surprisingly sad story of one of the most influential film-makers who ever lived. A detailed and comprehensive look at Griffith’s numerous achievements, “The Father of Film” is also notable for the insightful accounts of some of Griffith’s biggest stars, including Lillian Gish and Blanche Sweet who remained loyal to their mentor years after his death (Klaus Ming March 2014).