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The Birth of a Nation (1915) -- D. W. Griffith's ( From The "Public Domain" )

Here's the entirity of Birth of a Nation. Yeehaw.

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Raven Red-clash's curator insight, April 1, 2013 10:33 PM

D.W Griffith's Birth of a Nation is a depiction of a mid/ post-civil war era of America. The film portrays the "supposed" negative effects of the civil war on the white population by re-enacting "real" events in actual history. In order to achieve this relatively false depiction, D.W Griffith utilizes a common tool in early vaudeville, the minstrel show. He dresses white actors in black face and protrays them as savage, uneducated, vicious, corrupt, and more importantly, ravenous for virtuous white women. This purpose constructed by Griffith serves not only to degrade black men, but to also save the white population from its destruction and/ or distinction.

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Keyframe: The Inception of Movie Editing: The Art of D.W. Griffith

Video essay by Michael Joshua Rowin and Kevin B. Lee. 

 

"Considered the father of narrative cinema, D.W. Griffith practically invented such techniques [used in the movie INCEPTION] like parallel editing, pushing them to unprecedented levels of complexity and depth."


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Moving Pictures: D.W. Griffith and the Film Revolution

Here's a nice documentary about  D.W. Griffith. It's a fine example of the type of video you could do for your "Class Discusion Project" for F2700

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