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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
Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.
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This is a glorious landmark, and to allow its vision to be marred by the fact that it’s a typical product of 1915 would be a shame..