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The birth of a nation

Author: D W Griffith; Lillian Gish; Henry B Walthall; Thomas Dixon, Jr.; Russell Merritt
Publisher: [North Melbourne Victoria] : Beyond Home Entertainment, ©2009.
Series: Landmarks of cinema
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : English : Collectors ed. with illustrated bookletView all editions and formats
Summary:
The most popular silent film of all time, it was a landmark achievement in film history that combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African Americans. This Civil War epic focuses on the northern Stoneman family, and the southern Cameron family before, during, and after the Civil War. Life in the South is portrayed during Reconstruction as rife with conflict between the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: D W Griffith; Lillian Gish; Henry B Walthall; Thomas Dixon, Jr.; Russell Merritt
OCLC Number: 777324896
Notes: Originally released in 1915.
Silent with orchestra score.
Special feature: The making of the Birth of a Nationa [includes Civil War footage and many previously unseen stills] / compiled and written by Russell Merritt.
Credits: [Directed by D.W. Griffith].
Performer(s): Starring Henry B. Walthall, Lillian Gish and others; adapted from the novel by Thomas Dixon.
Target Audience: N.Z. Rating: M. Suitable for Mature Audineces 16 Years and over.
Description: 1 videodisc (187 min.) : si., color tinted ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm).
Details: DVD. PAL. Region free. Aspect ratio: 4:3 presented in 16:9 frame.
Series Title: Landmarks of cinema
Other Titles: D.W. Griffith's The birth of a nation
Clansman
Responsibility: [directed by D.W. Griffith].

Abstract:

The most popular silent film of all time, it was a landmark achievement in film history that combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African Americans. This Civil War epic focuses on the northern Stoneman family, and the southern Cameron family before, during, and after the Civil War. Life in the South is portrayed during Reconstruction as rife with conflict between the defeated southern whites and the emancipated, renegade Blacks, which is resolved through the inception of the Ku Klux Klan. It remains one of the most controversial films ever made. However flawed it now seems, it is undeniable that the film itself made history.

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