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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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Original title: Birth of a Nation, The


DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 17, 1998
 R2: 21 Aug 2000

Budget $110,000

Running Time
3 hours, 10 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
David W. Griffith Corp., Epoch Producing Corporation

Studio D. W. Griffith Inc., Epoch Producing Corporation

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Other Titles
• The Birth of a Nation (1915)
• The Birth of the Nation; Or The Clansman
• The Clansman
• In the Clutches of the Ku Klux Klan
• Clansman



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Genre: War, Drama, Period Piece, Military, Love, Epic, Political, Cult Classic

Tagline: Mighty Spectacle

Plot: This landmark film from silent director D.W. Griffith was the first movie blockbuster. However, it also reveals a horribly racist version of American history. The first part of the film chronicles the Civil War as experienced through the eyes of two families; the Stonemans from the North, and the Camerons of the South. Lifelong friends, they become divided by the Mason-Dixon line, with tragic results. Large-scale battle sequences and meticulous historical details culminate with a staged re-creation of Lincoln's assassination. The second half of the film chronicles the Reconstruction, as Congressman Austin Stoneman (Ralph Lewis) puts evil Silas Lynch (George Siegmann) in charge of the liberated slaves at the Cameron hometown of Piedmont. Armed with the right to vote, the freed slaves cause all sorts of trouble until Ben Cameron (Henry B. Walthall) founds the Ku Klux Klan and restores order and "decency" to the troubled land. While THE BIRTH OF A NATION was a major step forward in the history of filmmaking, it must be noted that the film supports a racist worldview. But there is no denying that it remains a groundbreaking achievement, setting a high watermark for film as an art form.

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 Directed by
D.W. Griffith
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl, Way Down East
 Written by
 Cast
Lillian Gish
The Night of the Hunter, Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl, Portrait of Jennie
Mae Marsh
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, Fort Apache, 3 Godfathers
Henry B. Walthall
Wings, A Tale of Two Cities, The Devil-Doll
Miriam Cooper
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, A Blot on the 'Scutcheon, The Slave Girl
Mary Alden
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, Hell's House, The Plastic Age
Ralph Lewis
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, The Avenging Conscience; Thou Shalt Not Kill, Gretchen the Greenhorn
George Siegmann
The Cat and the Canary, The Man Who Laughs, The Sealed Room
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 Music By
Joseph Carl Breil
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, Cabiria, America
D.W. Griffith
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl, Way Down East



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