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D. W. Griffith Collection Volume 1 (1915-1921) Drama, History, Romance, War, Silent (6 x DVD)

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Directed by: DW Griffith.

The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall.

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine in director D.W. Griffith's controversial Civil War epic. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron (Henry B. Walthall) is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman (Lillian Gish) petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father (Ralph Lewis) and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch (George Siegmann).

Hearts of the World (1918)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Adolph Lestina.

Young American man Douglas Gordon Hamilton (Robert Harron) lives in a rural French community where he is successfully wooing local beauty Marie Stephenson (Lillian Gish). But their romance is interrupted when World War I dawns, and Douglas decides to join up with the French Army. The Germans then mercilessly bomb and infiltrate Marie's village, and Douglas is injured in battle. As lecherous German soldiers close in on Marie, a recovering Douglas plans a daring rescue.

Broken Blossoms (1919)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp.

When Chinese immigrant Cheng Huan (Richard Barthelmess) moves to London to spread Buddhism, he is unprepared for the deplorable conditions and intolerance of its inner city. But Huan succumbs to his environment; his missionary dream turns into indifference and opium addiction, until he finds battered Lucy Burrows (Lillian Gish) at his doorstep. He devotes himself to her recovery, and the two kindred souls become close, but tragedy awaits in the form of Burrows' abusive father (Donald Crisp).

The Love Flower (1920)
Starring: Carol Dempster, Richard Barthelmess, George MacQu.

A detective chases a man who has killed his wife's lovers and fled with his daughter to the South Pacific.

The Idol Dancer (1920)
Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Clarine Seymour, Creighton H.

Mary, the daughter of a French man and a Javanese mother, juggles two lovers until natives attack the island.

Orphans of the Storm (1921)
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut.

When the plague kills their parents, Henriette (Lillian Gish) and her blind adopted sister, Louise (Dorothy Gish), go to Paris in hopes of finding a doctor to restore Louise's sight. As soon as they arrive, Henriette is kidnapped by an amoral aristocrat (Morgan Wallace), but escapes with the help of Chevalier de Vaudrey (Joseph Schildkraut). Louise, meanwhile, is taken in by thieves who force her to beg. As the French Revolution rages all around them, the two sisters struggle to reunite.

Contained in: Standard DVD Case.

Format: Either PAL or NTSC (depending on world location), Region 0 (Multi-Region/Worldwide).