The Birth of A Nation

The Birth of A Nation

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The Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war.

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joecarson
Dec 04, 2019

White actors in blackface leering at white woman, trying to create the impression that unless blacks were suppressed and treated like they were less than human, every white woman would be raped. An American "president," Woodrow Wilson, saw it and called it "truth,' because that's what white supremicists like him wanted to believe. Zero stars. Pure garbage with no morals or scruples.

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SylvanaCandela
Jun 16, 2019

A film which justifies white supremacy, portraying and glorifying the birth of the ku Klux Klan. A film which rewrites American history as a mythology of whites are good and blacks are bad. A serious piece of hatred and propaganda which was probably a favorite of Adolf Hitler. It left me completely grieved to know that there are people who really feel this way and agree with the racist message. Father please forgive them for they know not what they do.

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ReadLesley
Aug 25, 2018

This movie was very long. I felt the battle scenes would never end. But what left me feeling quite ill after watching it was the contrast made between white and black people. White people were portrayed as quirky, fun, caring, strong, and heroic. Black people were either portrayed as lazy, unintelligent, clueless, childish, or manipulative and evil. Of course unless they liked working for their white family; then they were the good black people. The Klu Klux Klan were portrayed as heroes come to save the day. Quite nauseating.

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Maoisdead
Jul 12, 2017

The Birth of a Nation has become a staple of any film studies course, for its excellent performances, thrilling action sequences and epic landscapes. However it's subject matter is much more controversial now.

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Monolith
Jun 25, 2016

In addition to the blatantly racist and repugnant mindset of filmmaker D. W. Griffith, I am absolutely *dumbfounded* that this was high-technology of the day. Only ONE hundred years ago! Shoe-polish on Caucasian actors' faces -- my God. How will the retrospect be in the year 2116? Will people be shocked by things as they are now...?

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Libraryman1_0
Apr 15, 2014

No film has given more of an impact to the world of cinema than this 1915 D.W Griffith masterpiece. When it was first released in theatres of the day, there were several riots and strikes. These were owed to how the Ku Klux Klan were portrayed in the movie as the heroes and the blacks as the villains. Birth requires several viewings to really grasp the gist of the story and themes. Lillian Gish and Richard Bartholemess as a result become film stars due to this film.

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htakenaka
Jan 26, 2016

"After seeing the film, an enthusiastic Wilson reportedly remarked: "It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.""

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