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Bitzer, G. W. 1872-1944

Works: 359 works in 714 publications in 5 languages and 8,950 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  History  Short films  Film adaptations  Historical films  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  War films  Epic films 
Roles: Cinematographer , Photographer, Director, Author, Other
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by G. W Bitzer
The birth of a nation by D. W Griffith( Visual )

68 editions published between 1915 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A civil war spectacular that portrays life in the South during and after the Civil War. The story depicts the war itself, the conflict between the defeated Southerners and emancipated renegade blacks, 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
The birth of a nation( Visual )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan
Intolerance : a drama of comparisons( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Switches back and forth between four separate stories from Babylonian times to the twentieth century to show humanity's inhumanity and intolerance through the ages. 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
Way down East by D. W Griffith( Visual )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A country girl is seduced; her baby dies; her "shame" is revealed; but a kindly farmer rescues her from drowning and marries her
Intolerance : love's struggle through the ages by D. W Griffith( Visual )

25 editions published between 1916 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 296 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 its terrible effects throughout history from ancient Babylon and biblical Judea to medieval Paris and modern America
Opening the Williamsburg Bridge( Visual )

8 editions published in 1904 in English and held by 270 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
N.Y. Fire Department returning( Visual )

9 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 269 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 [Frame: 0114, 0905]; two steam pumpers [0373, 1111]; a rescue wagon [0549]. Note the kids hanging on the back of some of the vehicles [0195, 0970]
Panorama from the tower of Brooklyn Bridge( Visual )

8 editions published between 1899 and 1903 in English and held by 268 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]
Arrival of emigrants [i.e. immigrants], Ellis Island( Visual )

8 editions published in 1906 in English and held by 258 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
Pennsylvania Tunnel excavation( Visual )

7 editions published in 1905 in English and held by 257 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 )

7 editions published in 1905 in English and held by 255 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
Delivering newspapers( Visual )

6 editions published between 1899 and 1903 in English and held by 255 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 )

6 editions published between 1905 and 2000 in English and held by 253 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, built by Cornelius Vanderbuilt in 1869. The Grand Central Station in use today was not completed until 1913
Funeral of Hiram Cronk( Visual )

5 editions published in 1905 in English and held by 250 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 [Frame: 0120], then a large formation of soldiers in the uniform of Rough Riders [0720]. Following them is a hearse drawn by four black horses, escorted by veterans of the Civil War [2742], and horse-drawn open carriages. The camera position shifts and most of the paraders can be seen for a second time: the band [3692], the hearse [5610], and the Civil War veterans [6000]. 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
Broken blossoms or The yellow man and the girl( Visual )

13 editions published between 1919 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the Limehouse district of London, this is the story of Lucy, a 15-year-old living with her abusive prizefighter father, Battling Burrows. Driven from her home, she finds love and protection in the home of a gentle Chinese man. Together they begin to discover the joys that life has denied both of them. Then Lucy's father finds her, brutally beats her protector, takes her back home, and, in his rage, kills her. The grief stricken Chinese man avenges Lucy's death and then takes his own life
The birth of a nation : D.W. Griffith's American epic( Visual )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 233 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
A Christmas past( Visual )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silent vignettes of the Christmas holiday season, digitally remastered
The avenging conscience, or, 'Thou shalt not kill' by D. W Griffith( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 and held by 130 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
Orphans of the storm by D. W Griffith( Visual )

10 editions published between 1921 and 2014 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Paris, peu avant la Révolution française. Deux orphelines sont séparées par le destin. L'une, aveugle, est exploitée par une horrible mégère qui la fait mendier dans les rues. L'autre devient la proie d'un marquis débauché, qui veut la séduire de force." (Source :
Broken blossoms by D. W Griffith( Visual )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Chinaman in London's squalid Limehouse district hopes to spread the peaceful philosophy of his Eastern religion. He befriends a pitiful street waif who is mistreated by her brutal father. Nursing her back to health, tragedy results when an unspoken romance flowers between them
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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

G. W. Bitzer caméraman américain

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