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Bitzer, G. W. 1872-1944

Overview
Works: 300 works in 616 publications in 7 languages and 7,583 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  History  Short films  Film adaptations  Historical films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  War films  Epic films 
Roles: Cinematographer , Photographer, Director, Illustrator, Author
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by G. W Bitzer
The birth of a nation by D. W Griffith( Visual )

78 editions published between 1915 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the events leading up to and immediately after the Civil War. Ben Cameron, a brave yet disillusioned Confederate soldier, creates a covert group of impassioned Southerners called the Ku Klux Klan as an answer to the supposed problem of the rise and rule of blacks and carpetbaggers. Bent on revenge, Ben leads his KKK followers in a war to suppress the black threat to white society, ultimately restoring "order" to his beloved South
Intolerance : a drama of comparisons by D. W Griffith( Visual )

32 editions published between 1916 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four separate, interwoven stories, unified by the common theme of man's inhumanity to fellow man. The Babylonian story deals with the fall of Babylon in 538 B.C. The Judean story treats the life of Christ. The French story centers on the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572. The modern story is set in an American mill town and the slum area of an American city
The birth of a nation : D.W. Griffith's American epic( Visual )

9 editions published between 1915 and 2011 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly 100 years after its initial release, this film remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one Northern and one Southern, during and after the Civil War. D.W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans
Broken blossoms or The yellow man and the girl by D. W Griffith( Visual )

26 editions published between 1919 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lillian Gish plays a fifteen-year-old street urchin who longs to escape her miserable existence. Emotionally scarred by the torment and neglect of her abusive father, the girl collapses outside the shop of a lonely and disillusioned Chinese man. As he tenderly nurtures her back to health, an unspoken romance flowers between them, awakening in each of them feelings of love they thought themselves forever denied -- Container
Way down East by D. W Griffith( Visual )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wages of sin as visited on an orphaned New England farm girl. She is saved from an ice floe and recovered to respectability by a handsome farm boy
Opening the Williamsburg Bridge( Visual )

6 editions published in 1904 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film was shot on the roadway of the newly constructed Williamsburg Bridge. The first people to come into view are press photographers carrying large wooden "box" cameras. Next, a parade of dignitaries and military representatives, accompanied by members of the press, is photographed passing the camera position led by a standard bearer whose banner reads "MAYOR". The mayor of New York was Seth Low, a lame-duck at the time of filming, having been defeated in November, 1903 by George B. McClellan. The Williamsburg Bridge, a combined cantilever and suspension bridge, crosses the East River from Delancey and Clinton Streets, Manhattan, to Roebling and S. 5th Streets, Williamsburg. Built at a cost of twelve million dollars, it held two lanes of roadway, two "L" tracks, four trolley tracks, and two promenades. It was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time
Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge( Visual )

6 editions published between 1899 and 1903 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The view was taken from the tower on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. As the film begins, the camera is looking southwest, towards the southern tip of Manhattan (the Battery). The camera pans very rapidly north following Manhattan's East River shoreline, across the bridge span itself and the bridge's New York side tower, following the shoreline further north towards Corlear's Hook, where the film ends. Some visible landmarks include the Fulton Fish Market buildings at Fulton and South Streets [Frame: 0420] (currently the site of the South Street Seaport Museum); north of the bridge tower is the Catherine Slip, where a Catherine Street Ferry is docked [0568]
Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation( Visual )

5 editions published in 1905 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film employs a 180-degree pan shot of the excavation site of New York's Pennsylvania Station, and includes shots of the narrow-gauge train used to haul debris from the tunnels under construction. Work began in 1904, and when completed in September of 1910 the station would span from 31st to 33rd Streets, and from 7th to 8th Avenue, an area of approximately 300,000 square feet. It would connect a massive rail tunnel system, bringing the Pennsylvania and Lehigh Railroads under the Hudson River and the Long Island Railroad under the East River to a terminal in the center of Manhattan, accommodating a network of twenty-seven tracks
Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York( Visual )

5 editions published in 1905 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The camera pans to show the schooner "Roosevelt" docked at a covered pier on the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. Then, from a camera position on board, men in straw hats and fashionably dressed ladies are seen boarding the ship. Next, the famous polar explorer Robert Peary appears on the gangway in a dark jacket, mustache and straw hat. He tips his hat, consults his watch, then, just before the film ends, motions to order the departure. On this expedition he achieved the "farthest north" record, but failed to reach the North Pole. Completed only four months prior to this film, the "Roosevelt" was specially designed to withstand Arctic ice. She was 184 feet long, 35 and a half feet wide, with a hull over two and a half feet thick. Fully loaded the ship weighed 1,500 tons while drawing only 16.2 feet. In addition to sail power, the ship was driven by a 1000 horsepower steam engine, which could produce short bursts of even greater power to get the ship through thick ice. The "Roosevelt" served Peary on this expedition as well as the following one in 1908-1909. Sold numerous times to a variety of commercial concerns, the "Roosevelt" was abandoned to the elements on a mud flat in Cristobal, Panama in 1937, where she eventually rotted away
Arrival of emigrants [i.e. immigrants], Ellis Island( Visual )

5 editions published in 1906 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island. Appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the dock and into the Depot by a uniformed official
N.Y. Fire Department returning( Visual )

7 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shot at an unidentified location in New York City, the film shows several pieces of horse-drawn fire vehicles in motion: two hook-and-ladders; two steam pumpers; a rescue wagon. Note the kids hanging on the back of some of the vehicles
Delivering newspapers( Visual )

4 editions published between 1899 and 1903 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film shows a group of about fifty pre-adolescent boys running and crowding around a one-horse paneled newspaper van that pulls up in the foreground of the picture. On the side of the van is a sign reading "New York World." As they gather around the rear of the vehicle, a fight breaks out between two of the boys. The film ends as the crowd forms around the two fighters. Probably filmed at Union Square
Interior N.Y. subway, 14th St. to 42nd St( Visual )

4 editions published between 1905 and 2000 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The camera platform was on the front of a New York subway train following another train on the same track. Lighting is provided by a specially constructed work car on a parallel track. At the time of filming, the subway was only seven months old, having opened on October 27, 1904. The ride begins at 14th Street (Union Square) following the route of today's east side IRT, and ends at the old Grand Central Station
Funeral of Hiram Cronk( Visual )

3 editions published in 1905 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film shows a city thoroughfare lined with crowds of people watching a military parade. The first group to come into view is a marching band then a large formation of soldiers in the uniform of Rough Riders. Following them is a hearse drawn by four black horses, escorted by veterans of the Civil War, and horse-drawn open carriages. The camera position shifts and most of the paraders can be seen for a second time: the band, the hearse, and the Civil War veterans. Hiram Cronk, a veteran of the War of 1812, died at the age of 105. He was thought to be the last surviving veteran of that war
Orphans of the storm by D. W Griffith( Visual )

8 editions published between 1921 and 2014 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is D.W. Griffith's last great success, an epic melodrama about two orphaned girls (real-life sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish) raised in the same house and tragically separated during the French Revolution's infamous reign of terror
The avenging conscience, or, 'Thou shalt not kill' by D. W Griffith( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thwarted by his despotic uncle from continuing his love affair, a young man turns to thoughts of murder. Experiencing a series of visions, he sees murder as a normal course of events in life and kills his uncle. Tortured by his conscience, his future sanity is uncertain as he is assailed by nightmarish visions of what he has done. Also includes Edgar Allen Poe, a biographical short on one of history's most haunting writers
A Christmas past( Visual )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent vignettes of the Christmas holiday season, digitally remastered
Intolerance : love's struggle through the ages( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this cinematic milestone, director D.W. Griffith utilized enormous sets and thousands of extras in order to stage his cinematic exploration of intolerance and it's terrible effects throughout history from ancient Babylon and biblical Judea to medieval Paris and modern America
The fugitive( Visual )

2 editions published in 1910 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is one of a selection of short motion pictures that traces D. W. Griffith's rapid, unparalleled development as a filmmaker 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
The adventures of Dollie( Visual )

1 edition published in 1908 and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kidnapped from her family's yard by a vengeful gypsy, Dolly is placed in a barrel which travels down a stream and over a waterfall. A young angler fishes the barrel from the river, and the family is reunited
 
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Billy Bitzer Amerikaans director of photography (1874-1944)

Billy Bitzer regista e fotografo statunitense

Billy Bitzer US-amerikanischer Kameramann

Bitzer Billy 1872-1944

Bitzer, G. W.

Bitzer G. W. 1872-1944

Bitzer, Georg William 1872-1944

Bitzer, George William 1872-1944

Bitzer, Johann Gottlab Wilhelm

Bitzer, Johann Gottlob Wilhelm 1872-1944

Bitzer, William G. 1872-1944

G. W. Bitzer caméraman américain

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