#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln’s assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
Plot: Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie’s congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.
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The Earliest Masterpiece?
The Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that is nothing compared to the anarchy in the South after the war.
I wish to use this review as a defense of this film. It is considered one of the most controversial films of all time, and while I do not deny that it has earned that honor, I think it deserves a solid defense from those who would call it racist.
The opening frames say the film is intended to show the abhorrent nature of war. And the position given to the South is that it is defending the sovereign right of states. Slavery aside (and we will all agree it is a terrible crime), this is a legitimate position. President Lincoln did violate the rights of states and forced countless Americans to die. Viewed in this light, it makes sense and is understandable.
Lillian Gish denied it was a racist film (for what her opinion is worth), and D. W. Griffith himself was by no means a racist. He was personally hurt when accused of making a racist film, and had previously made a film condemning the Ku Klux Klan. His job was to tell a story, not to embrace the perceived message of the story being told.
Roger Ebert said, “The Birth of a Nation is not a bad film because it argues for evil. Like Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, it is a great film that argues for evil. To understand how it does so is to learn a great deal about film, and even something about evil.” Ebert does find the second half of the film racist, but the question remains: through whose eyes are we seeing this story? It is not true history, only the history told in the South.
Regardless, it is still the first blockbuster. We have to give credit to a film that runs over three hours, raked in millions of dollars and funded the beginning of MGM and Paramount. We owe the creation of thousands of classic and current films to this one film and D. W. Griffith.
Original Language en
Runtime 3 hr 15 min (195 min), 2 hr 45 min (165 min) (Argentina), 3 hr 10 min (190 min) (16 fps), 2 hr 5 min (125 min) (video) (USA), 3 hr 7 min (187 min) (DVD) (USA), 2 hr 13 min (133 min) (theatrical)
Genre Drama, History, War
Director D.W. Griffith
Writer Thomas Dixon Jr., D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods
Actors Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall
Country United States
Awards 2 wins
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Silent
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Camera Pathe Camera
Film Length 3,530 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm