The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln’s assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
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I actually prefer this film to Intolerance. Whereas Intolerance tries to be experimental (for the time) and cover a universal theme, it's execution is severely lacking, extremely dated and thematically contradictory (I don't think Griffith learned anything between these films). BoaN, on the other hand, is so racist that it's hilarious. It's so insultingly stupid that it's hard not to enjoy making fun of it.
The "black congress" scene is nauseating as well as is everything else...and what's with those horribly pretentious & self-lionizing scripted "chats" between Griffith and Walter Huston he added years later to the beginning & middle of the film? Still recommended for the historic filmmaking and a perversely fascinating chance to see racism not held back by any strong shaming by society.
Más alla del sentido racista, la película muestra un impresinante despliegue de recursos tecnicos y creativos que representaron un gran impulso al cine, griffith es padre entre otros meritos de las superproducciones en el cine...
[Cinémathèque PT #63: 35 mm] Seen once in the "silent" version and another time with a live pianist scoring the film. This film invented pretty much everything present in past, present and future film.