1930 sound reissue prologue (1930, 6 mins), 1930 sound reissue intermission and introduction to Act 2 (1930, 2 mins): D W Griffith interviewed by Walter Huston
The Birth of a Nation (Blu-ray) BFI
D W Griffith’s controversial silent epic, The Birth of a Nation is presented here in a stunning new restoration. A cinematic milestone, Griffith’s film tells of two families during and after the American Civil War, recalling an era of divided loyalties, friendship and struggle for control of the Southern states.
Birth of a Nation is unapologetically racist, and is condemned for its stereotyping of African Americans and its portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan as heroes, while also revered for its grand scale and revolutionary film technique.
This 2-disc restoration features a host of extras, plus an illustrated booklet featuring contextualising essays by Ashley Clarke and Kevin Brownlow
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