The D.W. Griffith Biograph Film Shorts: 

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Adventures of Dollie 1908

The Lonely Villa 1909

The Slave 1909

When We Were In Our Teens 1910

“D.W. Griffith – Master of Cinema by Ira H. Gallen
reviewed by James L. Neibaur

Ira H. Gallen’s exhaustive study of D.W. Griffith’s early career explores the pioneering screen work and provides a fascinating look at early cinema’s development. Having already penned a complete book on Griffith’s epic masterpiece “The Birth of a Nation,” in this book Gallen looks at the early Biograph shorts made from 1908-1913.

In order to put things into perspective and help the reader understand the impact and scope of Griffith’s work, Gallen takes us through the concept of the moving picture, from carnival attraction, to storefront novelty, and, eventually, a filmed narrative using editing to tell the story.


Inventors like Edison and Lumiere, early practitioners like Melies and Porter, and the evolution of the cinematic process are discussed clearly and concisely as a lead up to the author’s assessment of Griffith’s contribution.

Griffith’s early short films, made just after the turn of the century, explore a lot of concepts that would become commonplace in filmmaking.

Giving cinema its syntax, Griffith enhanced his visuals with close-ups of the menacing actors in “Musketeers of Pig Alley,” the social comedy of “Those Awful Hats,” and the social drama of “A Corner in Wheat.” Gallen studies these films more completely than any previous book, examining camerawork, editing, acting, even appropriate musical accompaniment.

Griffith’s creative process, and each film’s impact on the aesthetics of cinema as well as its sociocultural impact are fully explored.

In order to truly appreciate cinema’s form and function, one must have an accurate frame of reference that truly understands the historical importance of the motion picture’s development.


Griffith is among the most important filmmakers from this period, thus all of his existing material demands to be seen. Gallen’s book on the master filmmaker’s early films is an absolute must for all libraries, research centers, historians, and scholars.

Racine Film Examiner May 4, 2016 5.0 out of 5 stars Book review:

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All On Account of Milk 1909

May and December 1909

The Gibson Goddess 1909

A Corner In Wheat 1909

Oh, Uncle! 1909

A Beast at Bay 1912 Directed by D.W. Griffith starring Mary Pickford, Edwin August and Alfred Pagent

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