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D.W. Griffith

The Birth of a Nation

195' - 1915 - War, Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: D.W. Griffith Composer: Joseph Carl Breil, D.W. Griffith With: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall
A milestone in the history of the moving picture. Griffith's film is remarkable for its technical innovations and for the truly epic feel created by the carefully orchestrated, swirling masses of figures in the battle scenes. It's also remarkable for having had no written scenario, costumes that where made by Lillian Gish's mother, the battle scenes and a cost that meant Griffith had nothing left but the shirt on his back. The biggest challenge the film provided for its audiences is perhaps to decide when 'ground-breaking, dedicated, serious cinematic art' must be reviled as politically reprehensible. The film's explicit glorification of the Ku Klux Klan has never tempered with time. (Time Out Film Guide)

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D.W. Griffith


Joseph Carl Breil, D.W. Griffith


Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall


D.W. Griffith, Thomas Dixon Jr., Frank E. Woods

Director of Photography

G.W. Bitzer


D.W. Griffith, Joseph Henabery, James Smith, Rose Smith, Raoul Walsh


D.W. Griffith

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan" (Thomas F. Dixon Jr.)



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