“The Birth of a Nation”
165 minutes; 1915
Directed by D. W. Griffith who co-wrote the screenplay (with Frank E. Woods), and co-produced the film (with Harry Aitken). It was released on February 8, 1915. The film was originally presented in two parts, separated by an intermission.
The film chronicles the relationship of two families in Civil War and Reconstruction-era America: the pro-Union Northern Stonemans and the pro-Confederacy Southern Camerons over the course of several years.
Despite the film’s controversial content, Griffith’s innovative film techniques make it one of the most important and influential films in the commercial film industry.
6:30 p.m. Commentary
7:00 p.m. Screening with live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis