D. W. Griffith

1875 - 1948

D. W. Griffith

David Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 – July 23, 1948) was an American film director. Widely considered as the most important filmmaker of his generation, he pioneered financing of the feature-length movie. His film The Birth of a Nation (1915) made investors a profit, but also attracted much controversy, as it depicted African Americans in a negative light and glorified the Ku Klux Klan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of D. W. Griffith has received more than 1,639,211 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 139th most popular film director.

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Among film directors, D. W. Griffith ranks 140 out of 1,305Before him are Claude Lelouch, Christopher Nolan, Ettore Scola, Jean Vigo, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and Jesús Franco. After him are Alfonso Cuarón, Jacques Demy, Giuseppe Tornatore, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, and Michael Moore.

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Among people born in 1875, D. W. Griffith ranks 28Before him are Henry Hallett Dale, Edgar Wallace, Giovanni Gentile, Henri Lebesgue, Zhang Zuolin, and John Buchan. After him are Hiram Bingham III, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Paul Landowski, Mihály Károlyi, Ludwig Prandtl, and Thomas Burke. Among people deceased in 1948, D. W. Griffith ranks 32Before him are Babe Ruth, Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Georges Bernanos, Umberto Giordano, Iwane Matsui, and John J. Pershing. After him are Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Emil Ludwig, Arshile Gorky, Zelda Fitzgerald, Tamam Shud case, and Pompeu Fabra.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, D. W. Griffith ranks 937 out of 12,171Before him are Larry Flynt (1942), Louise Fletcher (1934), Ronald Dworkin (1931), David Lee (1931), Julian Schwinger (1918), and Rosemary Kennedy (1918). After him are Vincent Price (1911), Peter Dinklage (1969), Suzi Quatro (1950), Danny Glover (1946), William Hurt (1950), and John Holmes (1944).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, D. W. Griffith ranks 39Before him are George Cukor (1899), William Hanna (1910), Stanley Donen (1924), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), David Fincher (1962), and Walter Hill (1942). After him are Michael Moore (1954), Michael Mann (1943), James Ivory (1928), William Friedkin (1935), Joel Schumacher (1939), and Don Siegel (1912).

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