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10.11.99

Greg,
I've been working on an outline for my scholarly voice-over, and I'm particularly worried about the length of the voice-over. You mentioned something on the order of two minutes in duration. I believe that I may be way over that length. What do you think about splitting this voice-over into two? In discussing Griffith's directorial style in dealing with his actresses, it really breaks down into two areas: his facilitation of a more naturalistic acting style and a feminist analysis of his relationships with these women. The vignette you mentioned to me – Griffith's encourage ment of Mae Marsh's seemingly inappropriate laughter in this scene – seems to fit better within the former category. Do you think that there would be an appropriate place to include the other scholarly voice-over? It seems to me that it would fit in well in another scene with Miriam Cooper, since a lot of the material I have is from Cooper's autobiographical writings.

Ellen

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10.18.99

Ellen,

If you think you need to break this material down into two areas, that is fine with me. Go ahead and work on the material on Griffith' facilitation of a naturalistic acting style, and we will look to see if there is an open voice over slot where the other might go. I cannot promise anything, but we will try.

  • Greg

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