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The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) was a Short Films Film directed by D.W. Griffith .

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The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

By Aurora on Sep 6, 2013 From Once Upon a Screen

The years 1909 through 1913 are considered D. W. Griffith’s years of discovery due to the legendary director’s innovative work in silent film. ?Those early works paved the way not only for the epics he would make that expanded film as a narrative art form, but also because of his effect ... Read full article


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By Pretty Clever Film Gal on Oct 31, 2012 From Pretty Clever Films

Directed by D.W. Griffith and written by Anita Loos, The Musketeers of Pig Alley is often cited as the first gangster film. The short was originally released on October 31, 1912 and got a re-release a few years later on November 5, 1915. While The Musketeers of Pig Alley is no Scarface (either Muni ... Read full article


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By Pretty Clever Film Gal on Oct 31, 2012 From Pretty Clever Films

Directed by D.W. Griffith and written by Anita Loos, The Musketeers of Pig Alley is often cited as the first gangster film. The short was originally released on October 31, 1912 and got a re-release a few years later on November 5, 1915. While The Musketeers of Pig Alley is no Scarface (either Muni ... Read full article


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Some of the extras in the film may have been played by real New York gang members.
Most likely the first film to ever use follow-focus. D.W. Griffith convinced his most trusted cameraman, G.W. Bitzer, to fade out the background when the three gangsters walk towards the alley in the opening scene. During this era a cameraman was judged on how sharp and clear his picture was, so Griffith had to take him to an art museum and show him how the background was out of focus and the characters were in focus to convince him to do the effect on the shot. The focusing method is still used.
Said to be the first film about organized crime
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