An analysis of the birth of our nation

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The challenge for viewers and film historians alike has been how to approach this film that combines such stunning and innovative artistry with such noxious political and moral ideas. Perhaps audiences previously going to a picture expected emotional manipulation. Initially Justice White was not interested in seeing the film, but when Dixon told him it was the "true story" of Reconstruction and the Klan's role in "saving the South", White, recalling his youth in Louisiana, jumped to attention and said: "I was a member of the Klan, sir". Shooting on the film began in secrecy in July It could have provoked a full and classic drama about the agonies of slaves in the prewar South, and the full measure of horrific exactions by the Klan and the decades of Jim Crow. The film contributed to the revival of a much stronger, more modern Ku Klux Klan, which had effectively dissolved in Griffith took over the Hollywood studio of Kinemacolor. Every man who comes out of the theater is a Southern partisan for life! Director was William F. He shows a summary trial by the K.

He accomplished this by using numerous virgin film tools, much as an artist uses his own tools to create a believable painting. In creating this film, Griffith essentially invented the concept of the feature motion picture. Showings of The Birth of a Nation were stopped in only a few states and a handful of municipalities.

Griffith, having fallen in love with Victorian authors and the work of the great Romantic Sir Walter Scott, who glorified the values of nobility and chivalry, decided to become a writer himself.

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Whether the image is subtle or obvious it is regardless a sign of considerable calculation and effort. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true. Based on the play The Clansman by the Reverend Thomas Dixon, a Baptist minister in North Carolina, The Birth of a Nation interwove complex narratives with fifteen times as many shots as the longest films from that era.

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Based on the play The Clansman by the Reverend Thomas Dixon, a Baptist minister in North Carolina, The Birth of a Nation interwove complex narratives with fifteen times as many shots as the longest films from that era. According to the letter, Wilson had been "entirely unaware of the character of the play [movie] before it was presented, and has at no time expressed his approbation of it. Racists and city-fearers thought of films as subhuman, cheap entertainment. Snead's assessment of the Civil War, however, should be recognized as more than simply a "trifling obstacle" in the scheme of Griffith's production. However, in December it was revived in Georgia following the opening of the movie in Atlanta. There will never be an issue of your segregation policy". Wilson issued no protest when the Evening Star , at that time Washington's "newspaper of record", reported in advance of the showing, in language suggesting a press release from Dixon and Griffiths, that Dixon was "a schoolmate of President Wilson and is an intimate friend", and that Wilson's interest in it "is due to the great lesson of peace it teaches". Running nearly three hours, The Birth of a Nation was the then longest movie ever released, and its sweeping battle re-creations and large-scale action thrilled audiences. It depicts freedmen as interested, above all, in intermarriage, indulging in legally sanctioned excess and vengeful violence mainly to coerce white women into sexual relations. Its exhibition at the White House was a courtesy extended to an old acquaintance. They stormed the box office in protest, police on standby rushed in, and a general melee ensued. The splendid festivities to celebrate the Battle of Bull Run, intercut with the eerie flare of a bonfire, suggest a dance of death, the bonfire foreshadowing the burning of Atlanta.

The Birth of a Nation toured the world, meeting with riots and protests in some cities, while some states prohibited screenings. In the first part, love alternates with war; in the second part, love alternates with revenge against the black usurpers.

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However, in December it was revived in Georgia following the opening of the movie in Atlanta. It is claimed that the play is historical: but history is easy to misuse.

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