The Birth of a Nation Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 11728

Average Rating: 2.3/4

# of Ratings: 64

Theatrical Release Date: 02/08/1915

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Historical

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: D.W. Griffith

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

Plot: 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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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019

I don't care if it's aesthetically significant to the history of film, this propaganda piece from the silent era is racist and in no way deserves to be deemed classic.

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Matthew Brady - wrote on 07/25/2015

What an ugly, racist, piece of filth movie this is. It deserved to get banned as it leaves a horrible taste in my mouth of it's horrid history. The Birth of a Nation is a piece of shit.

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Indyfreak - wrote on 08/11/2014

Nothing can be simple, can it? The Birth of a Nation is indeed a landmark film with its groundbreaking technical achievements. In this sense, it could be seen as the first modern movie with a fleshed out story filling up a feature-length running time, a soundtrack, and creative editing. But it is famous for another reason. It's incredibly and unrepentantly RACIST!

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Revolutionary and racist

Andrew - wrote on 05/11/2012

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.

Some may say that this film cannot be viewed objectively since it came out at a time when racism was …

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