Uploaded on Nov 3, 2007
The Female of the Species 1912 Cast: Mary Pickford,Claire McDowell, Dorothy Bernard, Charles West.
Summary: A Psychological Tragedy- April 15, 1912. Four "survivors of a mining camp," a woman, her husband and sister and another woman, suffering from thirst and heat, set off across the desert alone. The man's "dominant vagary" soon rises above his thirst and he appears to lust after the third woman. The man dies soon after and the three women press onward, only to come upon an Indian baby near his dead parents. Adopting the child on the spot, the women unite in friendship under what Griffith visions as their common womanly heritage.
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DW GRIFFITH AT BIOGRAPH BY IRA H. GALLEN
DAVID WARK GRIFFITH, was already thirty-three years old when he began with the Biograph Company. He was born in Crestwood, Kentucky, on January 22, 1815, the son of Jacob Wark Griffith, a former colonel in the Army of the Confederacy.
The Civil War was a decade past when he was born; yet his family, his home and the entire social and cultural atmosphere of the Confederacy were to help shape the man who would become the father of all moving picture making. His deep chest and his articulate, compelling voice, complete with a touch of the Southern accent, completed the portrait of a logical and very rational mind. His first and last ambition, until fate would turn his attention into picture, was to be a writer, a dream that he had nurtured since he was six years old.
His Southern background, aided and abetted by his father's military career, added a martial air to Griffith's character, but with the war but a memory, he turned himself to more scholarly pursuits. He dreamed of becoming a great literary figure, a dream that was to turn more specifically to the interest of becoming a dramatist. In furtherance of this goal, he started acting to better his feel of and for the theatre. Griffith was very young when his father passed away; with the family wealth also gone, he looked for work along with the other able members of his family.
Jobs ranged from the indignity of a wire elevator operator to the somewhat more refined status as a salesman for Encyclopedia Britannica; but eventually his interests would join hands with economic need and Griffith turned to acting. But survival as an actor meant that he would dig ditches and pick hops among other odd jobs to survive the periods of unemployment that are so characteristic of theatre work.
During this time in his life, free moments were spent reading, writing and in dreaming of goals yet unachieved. Griffith was a dreamer; when it came to his future, he had an ego matching his confidence in himself and his future. His dreams and attitudes brought LINDA ARVIDSON into his life. They were traveling together in a road show company and she was taken up in the Griffith personality and dreams. She shared his dreams and wanted to develop with him.
After they had been married for two years, a time of continued traveling with theatre troupes, finds them back in New York City. Even as a youth, Griffith seemed an unlikely candidate for marriage. Within him there was that certain something that rendered him larger than the conventional concept of marriage seemed to require. Yet now he's married and new responsibilities goaded old ambitions.
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