The Epic Film Challenge II
#76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long
The seventy-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D.W. Griffith’s towering American Civil War epic that is in one part a masterpiece, and in another, a horrifying example at the inherent racism running rampant when the film was made, The Birth of a Nation.
Recorded in September 2016 & September 2015.
Is it a film you must see before you die?
Luke: Yes, though it is, to paraphrase others, a schizophrenic masterpiece. Impeccably made for 1915, but some very questionable and offensive content.