Strong-man Eugene (Eugen) Sandow poses in a long shot on a bare stage against a black background, wearing only tight trunks and laced sandals. He begins with his arms folded against his ... See full summary »
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.
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 »
A winner and sure to please. In front of one of the largest newspaper offices is a hot air shaft through which immense volumes of air are forced by a blower. Ladies in crossing this shaft ... See full summary »
Andrei lives a secluded life with his aunt, studying and thinking about his now-deceased mother. His friend Tsenin is concerned, and tries to get Andrei to accompany him to social events. ... See full summary »
A struggle that continues long after the end of the war.
There is no doubt that D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation is racist. It is hard to praise this cinematic gem without soiling yourself in the process. One can watch it on their own, and they certainly should as it is a classic, and form their own opinion. We do not need DJ Spooky's commentary.
But, if you haven't seen it, this is an excellent way to watch. The core of the film is left intact, with commentary at the most egregious moments. The music of DJ Spooky makes it even more enjoyable.
Spooky questions whether Griffith's version of history has influenced us even to this day. There is certainly ample evidence that freedom did not come to Blacks with the end of the war, but that they were disenfranchised for another 100 years. Is Griffith's film responsible for that? One has to watch and make up their own minds, but this is an excellent piece for thought.
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