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D.W. Griffith
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Filmmaker
    (January 22, 1875-July 21, 1948)
    Directed 'Birth of a Nation' (1915) 'Intolerance' (1916), 'Broken Blossoms' (1919), 'Orphans of The Storm' (1922), 'Battle of the Sexes' (1928) and 'The Struggle'
    Established United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (1920)
    Featured on a U.S. commemorative postage stamp (1975)
    Filmed over 500 short films before 'Birth of a Nation'
    Birth name is David Wark Griffith
    Son of a Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero (hence his racist point of view)
    Namesake for the D.W. Giffith award - the most prestigious award handed out by the Directors Guild of America (discontinued in December, 1999, due to his racist storytelling)
    He was a blatant racist and sympathized with the Ku Klux Klan.
    By 1931, most of his films were failures, so he retired.
    During his reign of failures, he continued to make depressing films, something movie goers weren't quite ready for (His last film, 'The Struggle' was a chilling story about alcoholism).
    He once predicted 'There will never be talking pictures,' then directed his first in 1930 ('Abraham Lincoln')
    He smoked.
    He became an alcoholic.
    He directed the first epic film (2 hours 45 minutes), 'Birth of a Nation' (1915).
    It is believed that after making the racist 'Birth of a Nation,' he may have looked inwardly and did not like seeing his racist nature (1915).
    His answer was 'Intolerance,' which - in four different historic stories - tells of people who are intolerant to others (1916).
    He created filming techniques like interweaving stories, casting hundreds of extras, film masking and flashback.
    He is considered the pioneer of motion picture making.
    For 2018, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 115 Votes: 74.78% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 20 Votes: 5.00% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 35 Votes: 31.43% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 87 Votes: 48.28% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 87 Votes: 51.72% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 28 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 27 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 93 Votes: 58.06% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 121 Votes: 51.24% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 62 Votes: 43.55% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 252 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 414 Votes: 68.12% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 453 Votes: 68.87% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 360 Votes: 66.94% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 594 Votes: 60.10% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1651 Votes: 61.11% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 9698 Votes: 65.33% Annoying
 
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