From The Vault
D.W Griffith Retrospective
She’s grown up now. She runs away, puts on her dead brother’s uniform, fights for the Union and dies herself. Cut. An old carpenter receives news his wife is deathly ill. The carpenter loses his job. His wife’s health worsens.
A lonely adolescent girl lives with her father. She’s not allowed to wear makeup. She meets a thief at an ice cream social. He’s not interested in her; he just wants to rob her father.
Mrs. Harding dies, having written a strange letter to her pastor. In the letter, she relates how her husband abused her. She asks the pastor to take care of her daughter. The pastor buys the girl a fashionable hat from New York, triggering rumors of a love affair.
Those are a few of the plots of D.W. Griffith, from movies showing at Ponrepo during their mid-May Griffith-fest. Call it The Birth of the Filmmaker. Favorite son of LaGrange, Kentucky, D.W. (David Wark) Griffith was an actor, writer, composer and a racist, raging egomaniac. He was also a director of incredible talents, best known for his The Birth of a Nation (1915). Whether billed as D.W., Lawrence Griffith, Granville Hicks or Warwick, Capt. Victor Marier, Irene or Roy Sinclair or Gaston de Tolignac, Griffth was deeply involved in all aspects of movie-making. The creator (along with his personal cinematographer G.W. Bitzer) of the flashback, and codifier of the iris shot and cross-cutting techniques, Griffth never again attained the artistic and material success of his early triumph. Ponrepo is featuring nearly twenty of his early-early works (some are silent), in their series. In Griffith we find the real Americana, the particularly Midwestern brand of despair that makes David Lynch possible. And you thought Europe invented angst... n
At Ponrepo, Monday, May 19, Thursday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 28
Opera review: Viva La Mamma by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Comic staging of an obscure work is aimed at a new generation
Divadlo na Vinohradech to be renovated by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The theater at náměstí Míru will be closed for a complete overhaul
Army Museum at Žižkov to get renovated by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Prague.eu)
Building will be closed for three years for large expansion
National Theatre presents a new staging of Tosca by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The classic opera is back with an updated but subtle production
Prague 1 plans gold pavilion for Mucha paintings by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: arpema.cz)
City Hall and the Prague 1 district have conflicting ideas for the Slav Epic
Plácido Domingo will conduct Don Giovanni by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Raymond Johnston)
Two special performances will mark the 230th anniversary of the premiere in Prague
Live simulcast of Amadeus coming to Aero and Oko by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The play that inspired the film is currently on the stage in London
Prime minister inspects National Museum progress by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: nm.cz)
The museum should partially open to the public in October 2018
Czech-Chinese dance work to premiere at Archa by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Divadlo Archa)
Ordinary People finds similar life stories in dancers from different countries
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