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The Birth of a Nation


Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper View All


Frank E. Woods (Screenplay), D.W. Griffith (Director), D.W. Griffith (Writer) View All

Release: Feb. 8th, 1915
Runtime: 3 hours, 10 minutes
The Birth of A Nation is a silent film from 1915 and the highest grossing silent film in film history. The film tells a romance story during the American civil war. D.W. Griffith invested heavily in its high production values, pioneering many new camera effects. The Birth of a Nation was strongly protested for its negative portrayal of newly freed slaves (mostly white actors in blackface), which went on to create and propagate negative images of...
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What Griffith did differently was direct a stunning, landmark silent epic its approximately three hours long, and its still a riveting spectacle for cinephiles to behold.