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The Birth of a Nation, Part IX

Last month, I felt that I didn’t have a lot more to say about “The Birth of a Nation.” This month I find that I do have a few things to add, but we’re still winding down the series. 716 more words

DW Griffith

The Birth of a Nation (1915) The Fall of a Nation (1916)

D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece has long haunted film critics and historians. The first “blockbuster,” it’s the most important, and until Gone With the Wind in 1939, the highest-grossing film in the history of American cinema. 2,274 more words


Birth of a Nation, Part VII

This month, I’m going to talk a bit about how historians have treated “The Birth of a Nation,” and where I stand in relation to that historiography as I proceed with this project. 1,261 more words


The Birth of a Nation, Part VI

We’ve reached the middle of the year that is the centenary of this controversial and problematic movie, and I went back to review what I’ve written so far. 1,684 more words

American Cinema

FBI Identify Gunman In Charleston Church Shooting


The FBI has identified the gunman who killed nine at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME church as 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Columbia. 183 more words


Birth of a Nation (1915) Part IV

The Rise of the Second KKK

One thing that is often mentioned, but rarely examined, in discussion of the movie “The Birth of a Nation… 1,593 more words

DW Griffith

D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation 100 Years Later: Still Great, Still Shameful

At earlier screenings in Los Angeles it was called The Clansman, after the Thomas Dixon Jr. novel and play on which it was based. But David Wark Griffith must have realized that his film deserved a grander title. 1,538 more words