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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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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.