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1,502 Ratings

The Birth of a Nation

Directed by D.W. Griffith
United States, 1915
Drama, History, Romance


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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The Birth of a Nation Directed by D.W. Griffith
[In the Blu-Ray package,] a filmed introduction from historian Melvyn Stokes and a round-table discussion called ‘Birth of a Nation at 100’ bring in more critical questions and a sense of its poisonous legacy. Essays by Ashley Clark, Kevin Brownlow and Patrick Stanbury combine to give a rounded view of the film as troubling, brilliant, cruel and beautiful.
January 04, 2016
The film’s technical slickness and pulsating energy work in tandem with its repulsive ideology to create a uniquely unsettling viewing experience.
March 05, 2015
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The Birth of a Nation was Griffith’s magnum opus and he knew it. It took everything he had learned and developed in his seven years of filmmaking about timing, cross-cutting, close-ups, building suspense, conveying emotion and mood in composition and lighting and movement and put it into an unprecedented twelve-reel feature.
March 03, 2015
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