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The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
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Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Wallace Reid, Elmo Lincoln

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The Birth Of A Nation DVD - Just The Good Stuff The Birth Of A Nation ranked # 44 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.

The Birth of a Nation is a film directed by D.W. Griffith, which was released on February 8, 1915. It was one of the most popular films of the silent era, and was important in cinema history for its innovative technical achievements.

The film attempts to provide historical justification for segregation. In the sympathetic depiction of the lynching of a black man by a white mob, the film affirms and promotes the cultural milieu that supported the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, which led mobs of white people wearing white sheets and hoods over their faces in the lynching of black people.

The film was based on Thomas Dixon's novels The Clansman and The Leopard's Spots. The film was released in 1915 and has been credited with securing the future of feature length films (any film over an hour in length) as well as solidifying the language of cinema. The film premiered on February 8, 1915, at Clune's Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, under the title The Clansman, but was retitled for its official East Coast premiere in New York three weeks later (March 3).

The title was changed from The Clansman to The Birth of a Nation to reflect the filmmakers' belief that before the American Civil War, the United States was a loose coalition of states antagonistic toward each other, and that the Northern victory over the breakaway states in the South finally bound the states under one national authority.

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