The Birth of a Nation (BFI Film Classics)

By Paul McEwan

Portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic underdogs, silent epic The start of a Nation (1915) is largely thought of to be the main debatable movie of all time. instantly considered one of US culture's maximum creative achievements and considered one of its so much abhorrently racist artefacts, it turns into extra surprising with each passing year.

Comprising a decade of archival study and released at the one centesimal anniversary of the film's free up, this richly distinctive learn considers either the film's afterlife and the inventive, commercial and ethical atmosphere within which it was once created. Drawing on an unbroken century of creation and reception background, Paul McEwan recounts the film's origins and improvement, Griffith's particular enhancing and cinematography and the development of racial id and worry within the movie. Assessing its contribution as an paintings shape, whereas without delay grappling with the complexity of the art-or-racism debate, Paul McEwan indicates how The beginning of a Nation has had a crucial position within the improvement of movie and picture experiences worldwide.

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