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
Giant airship installed over Prague's DOX Centre by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Dox - FB)
Wooden zeppelin named Gulliver is a place for art and literature discussion
Czech and Slovak puppets added to UNESCO list by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The tradition joins Czech folk dances and processions as Intangible Cultural Heritage
Henri Rousseau and his naïve world by Marya Oliynyk - Anglo American University
Henri Rousseau exhibition running till Jan 15, 2017 @ National Gallery in Prague
PSC presents Lisa Wolpe on Shakespeare and gender-bending by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The LGTB activist and director will present her solo show plus a workshop and lecture
Dust and Light: The Burning Man Collection by Oliva Marcus - Anglo American University (Foto: Marek Musil)
Exhibition running till November 20, 2016 @ Nikon Photo Gallery
Akcent festival starts at Archa by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
A play called New Bohemia has its world premiere at the documentary theater festival
Cirque du Soleil coming to Prague's O2 Arena by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: cirquedusoleil.com)
The Canadian contemporary circus troupe will perform Varekai
Jan Kaplický opening at the Dancing House by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The Czech architect known for his unrealized Blob library design would have turned 80 in 2017
Photos and films of Václav Havel at DOX by Prague.TV (Foto: Tomki Nemec - DOX)
The former president's life was captured by two photographers and a filmmaker
Titus Andronicus playing at Kolowrat by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Prague Shakespeare Company tackles the Bard's most violent play a wrestling arena
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