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CRITICS OF "The Birth of a Nation"
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Chicago Sun-Times
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April 20, 2003

It is an unavoidable fact of American movie history, and must be dealt with.
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Common Sense Media
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September 21, 2014

D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation is as much a part of film history as the Civil War is a part of American history.
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Radio Times
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August 19, 2013

It's hard to applaud a film where the Ku Klux Klan rides triumphantly to the rescue, and this, alas, undoes all the sterling work put in earlier and the wonderful performances from Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B Walthall and especially Robert Harron.
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Total Film
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August 19, 2013

A towering milestone in the history of cinema. Asentimentalised, reactionary slab of racism. Can a film be both? In the case of D.W. Griffith's silent-era classic The Birth Of A Nation, unfortunately it can.
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Guardian
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August 19, 2013

The quasi-Victorian Griffith was in so many respects way ahead of his time even if his philosophy and mind-set could often be said to be behind it.
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Time Out
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February 09, 2006

The biggest challenge the film provided for its audiences is perhaps to decide when 'ground-breaking, dedicated, serious cinematic art' must be reviled as politically reprehensible.
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Variety
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February 06, 2008

Birth of a Nation is a great epoch in picture making; it's great for pictures and it's great for the name and fame of David Wark Griffith. When a man like Griffith in a new field can do what he has done, he may as well be hailed while he is living.
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Empire Magazine
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August 19, 2013

The Birth of a Nation has become a staple of any film studies course, for its excellent performances, thrilling action sequences and epic landscapes. However it's subject matter is much more controversial now.
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Chicago Reader
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February 06, 2008

Griffith's later films are unquestionably superior. But here, in a very real sense, is where the movies began, both as an art and as a business.
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Film4
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August 19, 2013

This is an impressive spectacle, rightfully lauded for its myriad innovations. But the sentiments it expresses are pretty damn ugly.
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New York Times

March 25, 2006

The civil war battle pictures, taken in panorama, represent enormous effort and achieve a striking degree of success.
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New Yorker
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August 19, 2013

Problematically, Birth of a Nation wasn't just a seminal commercial spectacle but also a decisively original work of art -- in effect, the founding work of cinematic realism, albeit a work that was developed to pass lies off as reality.
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