The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love... See full summary »
George W. Hill
U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns, is a particular thorn in his side. If Burns's lackadaisical approach to the military were ... See full summary »
George W. Hill
Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. Written by
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Historian Kevin Brownlow has expressed doubt concerning "Fireworks Wilson", whom Karl Brown, the assistant cameraman, named as the special effects man in interviews. Brownlow's doubt is caused by the fact that there are no references to Wilson in any other accounts from any period, and he has suggested that Brown may have invented the name since he could not recall the name of the film's documented special effects supervisor, Walter Hoffman. See more »
Car tire tracks are visible in the KKK segment. See more »
While women and children weep, a great conqueror marches to the sea.
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The following was listed in the opening credits: A PLEA FOR THE ART OF THE MOTION PICTURE: We do not fear censorship, for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue - the same liberty that is conceeded to the art of the written word - that art to which we owe the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. See more »
Well, I watched it. And while it may be on Roger Ebert's Great Movies list, it's not on mine. It falls into that category of "Movies That Are Technically Important but Hard to Watch," and that much smaller category of "Really Evil Movies." Every critic recognizes that, yes, this is probably the most racist film ever made, a terrible revision of post-Civil War history, and a glorification of the KKK - ah, but it's so innovative, and so wonderfully shot! Ho hum. What I notice -- after struggling to root for the heroes, seeing as they are self-righteous bigots - is that it is so incredibly, tediously, ridiculously LOOOOONG. Griffith could've been really inventive and created a miniseries, or a trilogy. As it is, by the time you get the "chase" scene near the end that Ebert goes on an on about, you're so bored out of your skull you hardly care.
If you decide, as I did, to try and set aside your feelings of outrage due to the racism, you'll find yourself feeling....nothing. Snnnnooooorrre.
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