The Griffith Project v. 12: Essays on D.W. Griffith, by Usai, Paolo Cherchi
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- ISBN: 9781844572687 | 1844572684
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 11/15/2008
In early 1996, an international group of 35 specialists in silent cinema volunteered to write commentaries on more than six hundred films directed, written, produced and supervised by D.W. Griffith or featuring him as a performer for the eleven-volume seriesThe Griffith Project, the largest monograph ever assembled on an individual film director, in conjunction with the massive retrospective held at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival from 1996 to 2008. All authors involved inThe Griffith Projectwere bound to strict editorial rules, most notably the fact that all titles in the series would be assigned to them in pre-determined groups rather than as a result of their own individual preference for this or that specific entry. The patience and commitment demonstrated by all scholars in this endeavor requires at least a symbolic recognition. We therefore invited the members of the project team to write an essay on a (D.W. Griffith-related) topic of their own choice. The papers included in this volume constitute the response to ourcarte blancheinvitation. Our offer was also extended to other experts on D.W. Griffith who, for various reasons, were unable to participate inThe Griffith Projectbut consistently supported it with their generous advice and insight. This volume bringsThe Griffith Projectto completion, as 2008 sees the last installment of the D.W. Griffith program at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival with the screening of his films produced between 1925 and 1931. Not surprisingly, twelve years of research on D.W. Griffith have unearthed an impressive wealth of knowledge but also an equally amazing array of new questions, certainly enough of them to fill several more volumes. Some of them (including the increasingly complex issue of D.W. Griffith's role as production supervisor) are only introduced or barely mentioned here, but we are confident that what we have called the "Griffith Project" will continue at the Giornate and elsewhere with more research and newly found or preserved prints.