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filmmaker

David Lewelyn Wark Griffith, American film director.

Background

Griffith, David Lewelyn Wark was born on January 22, 1875 in Oldham County, Kentucky, United States.

Career

Played lead in Rescued From the Eagle’s Nest, 1907. Director Biograph Studios, 1908-1913. Made film Birth of a Nation (a turning point in history of film as artistic medium), 1915, film’s sympathetic treatment of Ku Klux Klan led to controversy.

Made films Way Down East, 1920, Orphans of the Stars, 1922.