The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »
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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While the film was the first to be shown at the White House, President Woodrow Wilson's statement that it was tantamount to "history written in lightning" has been disputed. Many suggest that original playwright Thomas Dixon Jr. coined the phrase in a shameless act of self-publicity. Indeed, Wilson sought to distance himself from the film, later calling it an "unfortunate production". See more »
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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 conceded to the art of the written word - the art to which we owe the Bible and the works of Shakespeare.
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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 »
Something Every Filmmaker (or Filmwatcher) Must Contemplate
"Birth of a Nation" is a film that occupies a unique space in film history. It is the movie that started all movies. It was the first blockbuster and provided a textbook on editing, cinematography, and film story structure. It has been studied endlessly over the years and Griffith's techniques were copied and expanded by the Soviets in the 20s. However, that being said, it is also the most racist and offensive film ever put on screen. It indoctrinated many people into racist action and hurt many African communities.
When anyone thinks about being a filmmaker, one has to consider that "Birth of a Nation" started it all. One has to ask are they really supporting a medium that was started by a hateful film? Are they contributing to the problem? This applies to people who watch movies to.
These questions cannot be answered by censoring the film or by marginalizing it. The film must studied, broken down, challenged by people who understand it and want to defeat it. To censor racism is to resort to the ignorance that is racism. The only way to truly combat the power of this film is to understand its power and fight back.
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