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Biograph Company

Works: 292 works in 453 publications in 1 language and 8,059 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Silent films  Short films  Film adaptations  Historical films  War films  Epic films  Social problem films  Comedy films 
Roles: prn, Producer, Other
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Biograph Company
The birth of a nation by D. W Griffith( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Civil War spectacular. Portrays life in the South during and after the Civil War as revealed in a story depicting the war itself, the conflict between the defeated Southerners and emancipated renegade Negroes, the despoiling of the South during the carpetbagger period, and the revival of the Southern white man's honor through the efforts of the Ku Klux Klan
Treasures III : Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the years before World War I, virtually no issue was too controversial to bring to the screen. The first American movies were deeply engaged with society, coming from an era when movies and entertainment were intimately interwoven with public debate. As such, they were shown in commercial movie theaters but also in clubs, churches, schools, and everywhere screens could be hung outdoors--from the sides of city tenements to country barns. This archive sends these treasures back into the world, where they found their inspiration. "The City Reformed" deals with the urban problems: poverty, criminality, health, safety, child welfare, and corruption. Gender, family, and the crusade for equal voting rights dominate in program 2, "New Women." Labor struggles and oppression are central to program 3, "Toil and Tyranny." The final program, "Americans in the Making," brings together films confronting immigration, race relations, and wartime home-front sacrifice
D.W. Griffith's Biograph shorts( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The selection of motion pictures featured in this disc set traces D.W. Griffith's rapid development as a filmmaker during his five years stint at the Biograph Company"--Container
Comedy, spectacle and new horizons( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By 1907 the cinema's initial growing pains had subsided and fairly distinct generic categories of production were established. This volume of The Movies Begin examines some of these integral works that begin to reflect the modern day cinema -- punctuated with authentic hand-tinted lantern slides used during early theatrical exhibition. Visual comedy, with notable elements of slapstick, is represented in Pathé Frères' The Policeman's Little Run (1907), Bangville Police (1913, marking the first appearance of the legendary Keystone Kops) and Max Linder's Troubles Of A Grass Widower (1908). Best remembered today as a major influence on Charlie Chaplin, Linder was one of the first and most popular stars of the cinema. The comic potential of such a basic device as an undercranked camera is exhibited in Pathés Onésime, Horloger (Onésime, Clock-maker, 1912). Alice Guy-Blaché's Making An American Citizen (1912) is an excellent example of the films of social conscience, always an undercurrent beneath the apparently smooth surfaces of commercial productions. Released the very same week was D.W. Griffith's A Girl And Her Trust, a superb film of wide emotional range and great technical virtuosity made near the end of his tenure at the Biograph Company. Nero, Or The Fall Of Rome (1909) strains at conventional film limitations in dimension and duration, looking forward to the revolutionary Italian epics (Cabiria, The Last Days Of Pompeii) that followed a few years later. Equally prophetic are the dazzling animations showcased in the Vitograph Company's Windsor McCay And His Animated Pictures (1911)."--Publisher
Corner in wheat and selected D.W. Griffith Biograph shorts, 1909-1913( Visual )

11 editions published between 1909 and 1993 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The selection of motion pictures featured on this tape traces D.W. Griffith's rapid unparalleled development as a film maker during his five year stint at the Biograph Company - a development that contributed substantially to the emergence of film as a powerful form of cultural expression
Mary Pickford, comedienne by Kemp R Niver( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sparrows by William Beaudine( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hidden in the Southern swamps is a baby farm where unwanted or lost children are cruelly underfed and overworked. Mama Mollie (Pickford) protects the others and leads them on an escape through alligator-infested swamps
In the border states( Visual )

1 edition published in 1910 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Border States" deals with the human aspect of the war. Representatives from both conflicting sides are forced to choose between the loyalty to their banner and the higher moral obligation to humanity
The fugitive( Visual )

1 edition published in 1910 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The dramatic conclusion of this Civil War story occurs when the mother of a slain Confederate soldier harbors a hunted Union soldier, and learns that he is the man who killed her son. But the Southern mother, thinking of the other mother, sends the Union soldier back, and the picture ends in a happy reunion with his mother and sweetheart"--Early motion pictures / Kemp R. Nivers
The painted lady( Visual )

3 editions published in 1912 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lonely young woman lives with her strict father who forbids her to wear make-up. One day at an ice cream social, she meets a young man who seems interested in her. However, unknown to her, he is a burglar who is only interested in breaking into her father's house. One night she is awakened by a noise. Grabbing a pistol, she enters her father's downstairs office where she confronts a masked intruder
The adventures of Dollie( Visual )

3 editions published in 1908 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While strolling along the seashore, Dollie is kidnapped by a gypsy, rescued by a young fisherman, and finally reunited with her mother. This was the first picture directed by Griffith
The sealed room( Visual )

1 edition published in 1909 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The king constructs a cozy, windowless love-nest for himself and his concubine. However, she is not faithful to her sovereign, but consorts with the court troubadour. In fact, they use the king's new play chamber for their own love craft. When the king discovers this, he sends for his masons. With the faithless duo still inside, the masons use stone and mortar to quietly seal the only door to the vault
His trust( Visual )

1 edition published in 1911 and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Confederate officer is called off to war. He leaves his wife and daughter in the care of George, his faithful Negro servant. After the officer is killed in an exciting battle sequence, George continues in his caring duties, faithful to his trust. Events continue to turn for the worse when invading Yankee soldiers arrive to loot and torch the widow's home. George saves the officer's daughter and battle sword by braving the flames
Judith of Bethulia : Home, sweet home( Visual )

12 editions published between 1913 and 1996 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatisation of the story of Judith of Bethulia, who must sacrifice the man she loves in order to save her people from destruction
A Christmas past : vintage holiday films, 1901-1923( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent vignettes of the Christmas holiday season, digitally remastered
D.W. Griffith director( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven short silent films directed by Griffith early in his career
The Musketeers of Pig Alley : and selected Biograph shorts 1912-1913( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

These seven films produced and directed by D.W. Griffith in 1912 and 1913, demonstrate the ways the filmmaker elevated the one-reel picture to the pinnacle of artistic accomplishment
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Alternative Names

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English (79)

Eloquent gestures : the transformation of performance style in the Griffith Biograph filmsThe Biograph girl : a musical