EFC II #76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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.

EFC II #8 – Broken Blossoms (1919)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#8 – Broken Blossoms or the Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
Dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp

The eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D.W. Griffith’s romantic silent drama about a young British girl and a Chinese man falling in love.

Recorded in August 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, because while I had issues with some of it, those issues are subjective, and it’s an incredibly well made film that arguably broke important ground.