The Birth of a Nation 1915

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The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln’s assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Thomas Dixon Jr. (adapted from his novel: “The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan”) (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.), Thomas Dixon Jr. (play) (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.) |
Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall

 

 

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As It Is In Life 1910

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A grief stricken widowed man, devotes his life to caring and providing for his very young daughter. He quickly secures a job at a nearby pigeon farm. One day he runs into an old sweetheart, but he soon realizes he cannot support a wife and his child too, so he sacrifices his own happiness for his daughter. Years later his daughter returns from school a young woman. She promises her father that she will never leave him. Then one day a young man turns her fancy, and they are both smitten with each other. As they meet secretly, her father finds out and angrily confronts the young man. His daughter explains she is in love and they are going to get married. Heartbroken, the father leaves, not wanting to see them again. A year later, the daughter has a baby of her own. With her husband always busy, she becomes very lonely. Missing her father, she visits him and places the baby in his arms. Upon seeing his daughter and grandchild he is immediately restored with joy and happiness.

—Pamela Short

Director: D. W. Griffith
Cinematography: Billy Bitzer
Screenplay: Stanner E.V. Taylor
Production company: Biograph Company

Stars: George Nichols, Gladys Egan, Mary Pickford

The Modern Prodigal 1910

 

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In the opening of this subject we find the callow youth as he points towards the city’s spires, exclaiming to his dear old mother, “Mother, there in the big city is my sphere. There will I turn the world over.” Off he goes cityward, ambitious and presumptuous, and perhaps we may add reckless. Alas, the city’s whirl is quite a change from the simple quiet life in the country and the youth falls a victim to the snares that beset the unsophisticated. After a bitter experience he returns, and in symbolism we show him in the raiment of sin, a convict’s suit. Approaching his old home, he sees there in front of the door the old chair in which sat his mother on the day of his depart. What a difference! On that day there shone the sunshine of hope; today, the clouds of despair. As he regards himself in his prison garb, he utters that penitential cry of the ancient prodigal, “I am no more worthy to be called thy son.” Turning away, he staggers exhausted to the pigsty, where he eats ravenously … Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Dell Henderson, Bess Meredyth (novel)
Stars: Guy Hedlund, George Nichols, Kate Bruce