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D.W. Griffiths The Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time by Melvyn StokesIn this deeply researched and vividly written volume, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception and continuing history of this ground-breaking, aesthetically brilliant, and yet highly controversial movie.
By going back to the original archives, particularly the NAACP and D. W. Griffith Papers, Stokes explodes many of the myths surrounding The Birth of a Nation (1915). Yet the story that remains is fascinating: the longest American film of its time, Griffiths film incorporated many new features, including the first full musical score compiled for an American film. It was distributed and advertised by pioneering methods that would quickly become standard. Through the high prices charged for admission and the fact that it was shown, at first, only in live theaters with orchestral accompaniment, Birth played a major role in reconfiguring the American movie audience by attracting more middle-class patrons. But if the film was a milestone in the history of cinema, it was also undeniably racist. Stokes shows that the darker side of this classic movie has its origins in the racist ideas of Thomas Dixon, Jr. and Griffiths own Kentuckian background and earlier film career. The book reveals how, as the years went by, the campaign against the film became increasingly successful. In the 1920s, for example, the NAACP exploited the fact that the new Ku Klux Klan, which used Griffiths film as a recruiting and retention tool, was not just anti-black, but also anti-Catholic and anti-Jewish, as a way to mobilize new allies in opposition to the film.
This crisply written book sheds light on both the films racism and the aesthetic brilliance of Griffiths filmmaking. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the cinema.
The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation
In its time, "The Birth of a Nation" was a masterpiece. Its racist undertones and revisionism are quite disturbing, but it is still worth watching for its historical influence. Skip to main content. Public Domain Movies. You are here Home.
The Birth of a Nation () Donald Crisp and Howard Gaye in The Birth of a Nation . See full summary» . Also filmed and added to this version was a prologue featuring Griffith in conversation with actor Walter Huston, introducing the film.
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Everyone who cares about film must eventually come to The Birth of a Nation. Artistically, technically, and culturally, the importance of D. It is "the first great narrative film," according to Roger Ebert, and the first true cinematic epic; it was the longest American feature film to date, and its unprecedented impact helped usher in the dominance of the feature film and the end of the age of one-reel shorts. Dixon Jr. Griffith considered himself a liberal and a tolerant man, and while he was a racist, it was a racism of the paternalistic rather than the hate-filled sort he once said he could no more be against blacks than against children, and expressly compared his affection for blacks to love for children. There are offensive depictions of cartoonish black and mulatto villains in The Birth of a Nation , but the real villains are the white Northern carpetbaggers, unprincipled opportunists out to exploit the post-war South, who are depicted as inciting the blacks to unruly behavior. In fact, to his immortal ignominy, Griffith himself was unintentionally responsible for inspiring the second Klan with this very film, though the new Klan was far more hateful than the original so much so that even Dixon, the author of The Clansmen , disavowed the new organization.
The Birth of a Nation originally called The Clansman  is an American silent epic drama film directed and co-produced by D. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish. Griffith co-wrote the screenplay with Frank E. Woods , and co-produced the film with Harry Aitken. It was released on February 8,