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Birth Of A Nation / The Clansman

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  Birth Of A Nation / The Clansman Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
8.67 /10
Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh, Miriam Cooper
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Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Written by: D.W.Griffith, Frank E. Woods, from Thomas Dixon Jr's novel The Klansman

Released: 1915
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 157

Two families endure the American Civil War and its aftermath.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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D.W.Griffith's 1915 film is one of the most important films of all time, but itt's now rarely shown because of what might mildly be described as its political incorrectness. The portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan as heroic is bad enough; almost as offensive are some of the white actors' performances in blackface. All the acting now looks painfully old-fashioned, and the script is very badly structured (apparently it was made up from day to day during shooting), so for modern audiences the film is remarkably uninvolving- and, at times, almost unwatchable. Students of cinema, however, should see it, preferably alongside one of its immediate predecessors, in order to recognize how visually imaginative and technically innovative it was for its day.

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