Birth of a Nation critique- David

D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth Of A Nation” is known as an American classic, although it is all about the rise of the KKK. As controversial, risky, and racist as the film, it had groundbreaking technology for its time including color, zoom, and many other aspects. As important as this film was to the film world and society as a whole, it is highly inaccurate. Griffith portrays blacks as ruthless monsters, out to kill all of the white people. Film is a highly persuasive medium, and this film glorified the KKK in the South. Even president at the time Woodrow Wilson had a screening of this film in the white house saying this about it. “It’s like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all terribly true.” As you can see, this is a highly influential film, and it has made its place in American Film History, but its interpretation of black people is completely blown out of porportion, leading people to believe things that aren’t necessarily true.

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