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The Birth of a Nation (1915) Movie Information

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D.W. Griffith


Lillian Gish
Henry B. Walthall
Mary Alden
Ralph Lewis
Mae Marsh





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During the civil war, a tale is told of the anarchy that ruled the south after the war. One of the first major motion pictures and the one that started "it" all. Silent.

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Alaine 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I just can't bring myself to give this four stars due to the absurd racism it glorifies. There's no way I can rate it lower as its technical excellence is impossible to ignore. Important film in the history of cinema. So unfortunate that I can't be an enthusiast for this one.

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mitchellyoung 12/04/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's original and classic only because of its seminal use of storytelling elements, editing, and the scope in which the story is told. Other than that, it's antiquated and very racist.

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The Film Rebel 11/09/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This movie is fucking horrible. It is the biggest piece of a racist propaganda shit I have ever seen. I honestly don't care how "revolutionary" it is. This film is just garbage. Complete and utter garbage. "One of the best films of all time" my ass.

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Allison 12/14/2008 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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This was an amazing film by D.W. Griffith. I avoided it for so long, because unfortunately someone told me it was racist. It actually shows the disturbing effect by the Ku Klux Klan and the blacks' uprising against this secret-society. To ignore this important piece of history would only be giving power to racism. Griffith is a master and this film is a work of art.

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sapien 11/06/2008 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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I couldn't even begin to stomach the extreme racism in this movie. It was a boring movie, anyway. The racism just made it unbearable. I would have given it 0 stars if I could.

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05/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Revolutionary and racist

The Birth of a Nation is a revolutionary film that has many impressive scenes. Its battle scenes are particularly good considering the level of technology available at the time. D.W. Griffith is one of the most influential directors of all time and the film is well put together overall. However, this film is blatantly racist. Its depiction of blacks is one the most despicable things ever seen on film. In fact, it was controversial for its racism even when it was released in 1915! The idea that the KKK were heroes is morally offensive considering their use of systematic terror to achieve their goals. It is no wonder that the real KKK allegedly used the film as a recruiting tool.

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