Griffith’s Short Films

Posted on March 1, 2011

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D. W. Griffith is best known for his feature length movie Birth of a Nation, but before that, he made quite a few interesting short films, such as The Sealed Room (1909), The Burglar’s Dilemma (1912), House of Darkness (1912), and The Lonely Villa (1909). These films seem to all have a dark atmosphere and a more sinister theme, almost reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe’s works of fiction. In The Sealed Room, an unfaithful lover gets trapped in a room, in The Burglar’s Dilemma, a man kills his brother out of jealousy and blames it on a burglar. House of Darkness focuses on a house for the mentally ill, and The Lonely Villa  again focuses on robbery. The darkness of these films is accentuated by the soundtracks, and experimentation with the expressions of his actors.

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