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    D.W. Griffith panoramic photograph of the first scene ever shot for The Birth of a Nation. (D.W. Griffith Corp., 1915) Spectacular large vintage gelatin silver 9 x 35 in. sepia-tinted glossy production photograph. A dramatic panoramic photograph showing a moment from the reenactment of the Siege of Petersburg, which concludes the first hour of D.W. Griffith's controversial masterpiece, The Birth of a Nation. The image shows a huge swath of action, conveying the elaborate scope of the scene and the many elements involved in its production. Pictured are cavalry on horseback, foot soldiers, horses and wagons, and rolling hills in the background. Puffs of smoke dot the image showing the discharge of weapons, and in at least one instance it seems that a member of the production crew is visible. According to cameraman Billy Bitzer and assistant director (portrayer of "John Wilkes Booth") Raoul Walsh, the battles of Petersburg were the first scenes shot. The scenes were shot just below Cahuenga Park, in the San Fernando Valley. The photo exhibits several small tears along the top, all about 2 in. each as well as a crease or tear through the photographer credit area and one at the bottom center. In vintage good to very goods condition.

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    June, 2016
    29th Wednesday
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