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To mark the centenary of this controversial epic, the BFI are releasing Griffith's work in a special 2-disc Blu-ray edition with a host of special features.

To mark the centenary of this controversial epic, the BFI are releasing Griffith's work in a special 2-disc Blu-ray edition with a host of special features.

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2015 marks the centenary of the release of the controversial, yet extremely significant American silent epic, The Birth of a Nation, by D W Griffith. Griffith is often considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of cinema, having been credited with creating and perfecting cinematic devices such as the flash-back, the iris shot, the mask and cross-cutting.

The Birth of a Nation covers a period of several years and is centered on the relationship of two families during The Civil War and Reconstruction-US era. Dividing friends and destroying families, The Civil War is minor in its disruption compared to the anarchy which follows in the black-ruled South post-war. The film was released to great commercial success, being one of the highest grossing films of the Silent era, but was widely-debated and often condemned due to its portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force. The film is attributed to launching the career of Lillian Gish, who worked closely with Griffith for many years, and who was also known as 'The First Lady of American Cinema'.

2015 marks the centenary of the release of the controversial, yet extremely significant American silent epic, The Birth of a Nation, by D W Griffith. Griffith is often considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of cinema, having been credited with creating and perfecting cinematic devices such as the flash-back, the iris shot, the mask and cross-cutting.

The Birth of a Nation covers a period of several years and is centered on the relationship of two families during The Civil War and Reconstruction-US era. Dividing friends and destroying families, The Civil War is minor in its disruption compared to the anarchy which follows in the black-ruled South post-war. The film was released to great commercial success, being one of the highest grossing films of the Silent era, but was widely-debated and often condemned due to its portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force. The film is attributed to launching the career of Lillian Gish, who worked closely with Griffith for many years, and who was also known as 'The First Lady of American Cinema'.

Extras

1930 sound reissue prologue (1930, 6 mins); 1930 sound reissue intermission and introduction to Act 2 (1930, 2 mins): D W Griffith interviewed by Walter Huston.
•Out-takes and original camera tests.
Melvyn Stokes on The Clansman, D W Griffith and Birth of a Nation (2015,20 mins): newly filmed interview with the film scholar and Birth of a Nation authority.
The Greatest Mother of them All: Kate Bruce (19??, 1 min): short newsreel on the Birth of a Nation actress.
•Stills and Collections Gallery (2015, 13 mins).
Birth of a Nation at 100 (2015, 32 mins): roundtable discussion filmed at the BFI Southbank.
D W Griffith on Lux Radio Theatre with Cecil B Demille (audio with stills, 6 mins): interview in which the two legends reminisce.
•Birth of a Nation orchestral score recording sessions.
The Coward (Reginald Barker, Thomas H Ince, 1911, 69 mins): a faint-hearted soldier in the American Civil War regains his courage.
The Rose of Kentucky ( D W Griffith, 1911, 17 mins): a rural romance set in Griffith’s home state.
Stolen Glory (Mack Sennett, 1912, 14 mins): comedy set during a parade of Union Civil War veterans.
The Drummer of the 8th (Thomas H Ince, 1913, 29 mins): poignant Civil War drama presented in two cuts.
The Rebel Yell (1932, 9 mins) archival film in which reunited Confederate veterans recite the famous battle cry of the South.
•Fully illustrated booklet with new essays and full credits

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SKU 5035673012079
Catalogue Number BFIB1207
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1915
Director D.W. Griffith
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries USA
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (original)
Colour B&W
Sound PCM mono audio (24k/24-bit)
Language(s) Silent with music and English intertitles
Running time 191 mins
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15

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