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D. W. Griffith

1875 - 1948

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David Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 – July 23, 1948) was an American film director. Considered one of the most influential figures in the history of the motion picture, he pioneered many aspects of film editing and expanded the art of the narrative film.Griffith is known to modern audiences primarily for directing the film The Birth of a Nation (1915). One of the most financially successful films of all time, it made investors enormous profits, but it also attracted much controversy for its degrading portrayals of African Americans, its glorification of the Ku Klux Klan and support to the Confederacy, and its racist viewpoint. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of D. W. Griffith has received more than 2,434,396 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). D. W. Griffith is the 134th most popular film director, the 915th most popular biography from United States (up from 924th in 2019) and the 38th most popular American Film Director.

D. W. Griffith is most famous for the film Birth of a Nation, a silent film that is credited with inventing many of the techniques of modern filmmaking.

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Among film directors, D. W. Griffith ranks 134 out of 1,581Before him are Aki Kaurismäki, John Woo, Mel Brooks, Moustapha Akkad, René Clément, and Claude Lelouch. After him are István Szabó, Andrei Konchalovsky, Kim Ki-duk, Josef von Sternberg, Joel Schumacher, and Lasse Hallström.

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Among people born in 1875, D. W. Griffith ranks 26Before him are Fritz Kreisler, Henry Hallett Dale, Paul Landowski, Giovanni Gentile, Antonio Machado, and John Buchan. After him are Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, Henri Lebesgue, Zhang Zuolin, Edgar Wallace, Mihály Károlyi, and Anatoly Lunacharsky. Among people deceased in 1948, D. W. Griffith ranks 31Before him are Kurt Schwitters, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, John J. Pershing, Umberto Giordano, Hugo Boss, and Iwane Matsui. After him are Tamam Shud case, Georges Bernanos, Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Zelda Fitzgerald, Waldemar Hoven, and Yoshiko Kawashima.

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Among people born in United States, D. W. Griffith ranks 915 out of 18,182Before him are Barry Nelson (1917), Steve Reeves (1926), Robert Vaughn (1932), Gina Haspel (1956), Edward C. Tolman (1886), and John Fante (1909). After him are Laura Branigan (1952), Harvey J. Alter (1935), Davy Crockett (1786), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), Larry Flynt (1942), and Christian B. Anfinsen (1916).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, D. W. Griffith ranks 38Before him are Sam Peckinpah (1925), John Carpenter (1948), Peter Bogdanovich (1939), Michael Mann (1943), Michael Cimino (1939), and Mel Brooks (1926). After him are Joel Schumacher (1939), Blake Edwards (1922), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), Ed Wood (1924), Robert Wise (1914), and William Friedkin (1935).