Quotation by D.W. Griffith

We do not fear censorship for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue—the same liberty that is conceded to the art of the written word, that art to which we owe the Bible and the works of Shakespeare.
D.W. (David Wark) Griffith (1874–1948), U.S. producer, director. "A Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture," prologue, released as The Birth of a Nation (1915).
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