The Birth of a Nation

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Template:Infobox Movie The Birth of a Nation is a controversial, if highly influential and popular silent film directed by D.W. Griffith, based on the play The Clansman and the book The Leopard's Spots both by Thomas Dixon. It was released in 1915 and has been credited with securing the future of feature length films (any film over an hour in length) as well as solidifying the codes of film language. The film premiered on February 8, 1915 in Los Angeles, California under the title The Clansman, but three months later was retitled with the present title at its world premiere in New York.

The controversy of the film revolves around its premise of a post-Civil War America, (also referred to as the Reconstruction) where the Ku Klux Klan successfully redeems the South from "carpetbaggers" and "mulattos," perceived in the film as evil. Even at the time of the film's release, people vigorously protested the film. However, the success of the film made Griffith a wealthy man. Griffith was surprised by the harsh criticism and his next major project, Intolerance tried to address the issues raised. The film has been strongly linked to the creation of the second version of the Ku Klux Klan, which, after having been practically non-existent since 1871, was revived in the year of this movie's release.

The Birth of a Nation was at one time the highest grossing film of all time, taking in more than $10 million at the box office. It remained the highest grossing film until 1925 when the film The Big Parade surpassed it as the highest grossing silent film of all time.

The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Some of the film's cast members are:

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Namesake novel

Birth of a Nation: A Comic Novel (2004) is the name of a graphic novel by Aaron McGruder, Reginald Hudlin and Kyle Baker, concerning the secession of East St. Louis from the United States and forming a micronation, Blackland, after its citizens were denied the right to vote in the U.S. presidential election, Birth of a Nation


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