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More than 75 years after its initial release, "The Birth of a Nation" remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans. It was the greatest feature-length blockbuster yet to be produced in the United States and the first to be shown in the White House. After seeing it, President Woodrow Wilson remarked it was "like writing history with lightning!" There was a time when critics sought to de-emphasize the film's content and celebrate the picture as an artistic masterpiece, but from today's perspective, such an approach seems less tenable. However flawed "The Birth of a Nation" now seems as an historical epic, it is undeniable that the film itself made history. In cities and states across the country, it energized the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which tried to have the film banned, or at least the most gruesome scenes censored. The film also inspired African-Americans to move into filmmaking as a way to offer alternative images and stories. With Henry B. Walthall, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Ralph Lewis.
"The Making of The Birth of a Nation", Filmed Prologue to "The Birth of a Nation" (1930. 6 mins. Featuring D. W. Griffith and Walter Huston), Civil War Shorts directed by D. W. Griffith: "In the Border States" (1910. 16 mins.), "The House with the Closed Shutters" (1910. 17 mins.), "The Fugitive" (1910. 17 mins.), "His Trust" (1910. 14 mins.), "His Trust Fulfilled" (1910. 11 mins.), "Swords and Hearts" (1911. 16 mins.), "The Battle" (1911. 17 mins.), "New York vs. The Birth of a Nation" - An archive of information documenting the battles over the film's 1922 re-release, including protests by the NAACP, transcripts of meetings, legal documents, newspaper articles, and a montage of scenes ordered cut by the New York Censor Board, Excerpts from a "The Birth of a Nation" souvenir book (1915) and several original programs.
Silent Film with English Intertitles, Presented in Black & White.
|Starring:||Gibson Gowland, Henry B. Walthall, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Ralph Lewis|
|Studio Name:||Team Marketing|
|Blu-ray Release Date:||11/22/2011|
|Screen Format:||Full Frame|
|Run Time (in minutes):||186 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Digital Sound|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.38|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44|
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