Griffith 1914

Judith of Bethulia
R: David W. Griffith. B: Thomas Bailey Aldrich, D.W. Griffith. K: G. W. Bitzer. D: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Kate Bruce. P: American Biograph. USA 1914
Print: Library of Congress

“A fascinating work of high artistry, Judith of Bethulia will not only rank as an achievement in this country, but will make foreign producers sit up and take notice. It has a signal and imperative message, and the technique displayed throughout an infinity of detail, embracing even the delicate film tinting and toning, marks an encouraging step in the development of the new art. Ancient in story and settings, it is modern in penetrative interpretation – it is a vivid history of one phase of the time it concerns, and is redemptive as well as relative, a lesson from one of those vital struggles that made and unmade nations as well as individuals, yet it is not without that inspiring influence that appeals powerfully to human sense of justice. The entire vigorous action of the play works up to the personal sacrifice of Judith of Bethulia, a perilous chance she takes for the sake of the lives and happiness of her people. She dares expose herself to overwhelming humiliation and dishonor.”
Moving Picture World 1914

Brute Force
R: David W. Griffith. K: G. W. Bitzer. D: Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, William J. Butler. P: American Biograph. USA 1914

“One of the earliest surviving dinosaurs on film is the stiff mechanical model in D.W. Griffith‘s Brute Force (1914), which is an extended version of his own earlier, but dinosaur free, Man’s Genesis (1912), the latter film also features its young cave-couple leads being harassed by a large snake and an unfortunate alligator in a rather bad costume as cinema’s first true slurpasaurs. Parodying Man’s Genesis that same year was Charlie Chaplin‘s His Prehistoric Past (1914) which saw the brown derby and bearskin clad tramp head back to a dinosaur-free stone-age Soloman Islands, courtesy of a blow to the head, in his last outing for Mack Sennett‘s Keystone Studios.”

>>> Man’s Genesis here: Griffith, prehistoric