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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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Lillian Gish Lillian Gish
Elsie - Stoneman's Daughter
Mae Marsh Mae Marsh
Flora Cameron - The Pet Sister
Henry B. Walthall Henry B. Walthall
Col. Ben Cameron
Miriam Cooper Miriam Cooper
Margaret Cameron - Elder Sister
Mary Alden Mary Alden
Lydia - Stoneman's Mulatto Housekeeper
Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis
Hon. Austin Stoneman - Leader of the House
George Siegmann George Siegmann
Silas Lynch - Mulatto Lieut. Governor
Walter Long Walter Long
Gus - A Renegade Negro


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A classic

4 years, 10 months ago at Jan 23 11:56
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It is once again a huge classic I have been postponing indefinitely and for several reasons. First of all, I always find it a daunting prospect to watch a 3 hours long silent feature and its notorious and controversial reputation was not really attractive. Eventually, I must admit it, the first half was actually quite impressive. Indeed, it was a really intriguing depiction of the Civil war, displ... read more
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Description: The Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war. The plot of The Birth of a Nation revolves around two families living on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line who become friends when their sons board together at school. The Stonemans, the Northern family, live in Washington, D.C., and own a rural getaway in Pennsylvania. The Honorable Austin Stoneman, an abolitionist politician, presides over his family, which includes a delicate daughter named Elsie, a dandy prankster named Phil, and a younger brother named Tod. The Camerons, the Southern f ... (more)
Release date: 21 March 1915
UPC: 017078913828
Tags: Silent (16), 1910s (11), War (9), 1915 (8), Civil War (7), Racism (6), Propaganda (6), History (6), Drama (6), Usa (5), Assassination (5), American Civil War (5), Western (4), Ku Klux Klan (4), Romance (3), Black And White (3), Controversy (3), Epic (3), Black & White (3), Abraham Lincoln (2)
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