Synopsis by Betsy Boyd
D.W. Griffith -- The Female of the Species and Selected Biograph Shorts, Vol. 3 is an intriguing collection of socially conscious short films from celebrated director D.W. Griffith's Biograph Studio days. The Red Man's View tells the story of a peaceful Native American family driven to starvation and despair by merciless white people. The Border States prefigures Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, as a Union girl saves a Confederate soldier's life and accepts his help later. What Shall We Do With Our Old? is a disturbing portrait of the fate of the elderly in a time before social security. For His Son presents the plight of a young man addicted to cocaine. The Female of the Species looks at women's instincts as they fight over a man and bond over a little baby, and The House of Darkness promotes the benefits of music in treating mental illness. The films are silent with a re-recorded soundtrack.