Based on a play called "The Clansmen," D.W. Griffith's three-hour Civil War epic traces the development of the Civil War itself, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan through the lives of two families. *This is a Silent Movie*
187 Minute Edition
Military & War
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D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance" was said to have been made by him as an apology for "Birth of a Nation," and one can imagine why. Spectacularly staged, emotionally directed and acted, charged with enormous battle scenes and poignant personal scenes, "Birth" puts the American civil war in a league with the epic poems of the Trojan Wars. But in depicting the age of Radical Reconstruction and carpetbaggers, Griffith depicts the newly freed slaves, with their newfound ability to vote and participate in government, as ape-like animals, interested only in humiliating the heros of the former Confederacy and in menacing their white wives and daughters. No wonder, then, that during the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920's into an organization many times the size of the immediately post-Civil-War Klan, this film was used as a major recruitment tool well into the 1930' and even 1940's. I bought this film because I lead a film study group, and the films of...
High quality restored images are much better than I expected. I had only seen clips of this film in social studies classes and in college. What a masterpiece! Don't listen to the nay-sayers about it being a depiction of racism in the post-Civil War south. It is an artistic and beautifully filmed story. Remember it was made only 50 years after the end of the real Civil War. Who's to say that the blacks didn't remove their shoes and eat fried chicken in the legislature? Why is all right to make movies about Malcolm X and Selma but at the same time scorn and try to ban The Birth of a Nation? D.W. Griffith was a genius and he's the reason that Hollywood exists today. A definite addition to my film collection and a good value at this price.
Firstly, the cover is highly misleading and the people who claim that this film is about white knights on horseback, with burning crosses, obviously haven't seen the film. They have glanced at the cover and written a review. Strange.
My girlfriend and I just watched this and we were surprised. We were expecting a toe curling Nazi film with bodies of black people piled high up, with lynching's of blacks, and their babies being kicked, and rednecks chasing black people down the street. Well can you blame us? Just skim through the Amazon reviews, this is the impression given! Like I mentioned, the cover of the DVD is very very misleading because there is zero dramatic shots of white knights in the film and the Klan part is at the very end.
Anyway, this film is more a 'big-up' to the white guy! That isn't really racism. And the film claims that after the American Civil War, the North wanted to punish the south by taking the land off the whites and giving it to the...
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