The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation ★★

Original Title: The Birth of a Nation
Year of Release: 1915
Genres: Historical Drama; War
Director: D.W: Griffith
Writers: Frank E. Woods, D.W. Griffith; Thomas F. Dixon Jr. (based on the novel)
Main Cast: Lillian Gish. Mae Marsh. Henry B. Walthall. Miriam Cooper. Mary Alden. Ralph Lewis. Joseph Henabery. Josephine Crowell. Spottiswoode Aitken. Jennie Lee

The Birth of a Nation is one of the most frustrating silent films I have seen. Much has been said about its technical achievements and Griffith's direction, and even more has been said about its controversial subject matter and portrayal of the black community and the KKK. What really annoyed me is just how uninteresting the film itself was. I have liked other films by Griffith, and love Intolerance, but this was just a slog to get through, and the viewing is made even worse by its apparent controversies. An important piece of cinema for sure, but neither a great film nor one of the director's best work.

Story: 2
Directing: 7
Cinematography: 8
Acting: 5
Sound: n/a
Visual Effects: 8


Violence & Gore: 5
Sex & Nudity: 2
Drugs & Profanity: 0
Intensity & Horror: 2

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