The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

A film that I personally can’t rate. Its importance with regard to cinema history is immense: thanks above all to the introduction of alternate editing, Griffith completes the transition from primitive to institutional cinema by establishing cinematographic language canons still fundamental today and creating a work that to a contemporary spectator appears incomparably more modern than others not only contemporary but also several years later. However, it will be my limitation but the profoundly racist message and the historical revisionism on which the plot is based prevent me from assigning it the very high evaluation it deserves from a technical perspective.

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