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

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

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Portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic underdogs, silent epic The Birth of a Nation (1915) is widely considered to be the most controversial film of all time. At once one of US culture's greatest artistic achievements and one of its most abhorrently racist artefacts, it becomes more shocking with every passing year.

Its audacious scale and numerous technical innovations mark it as a milestone which any consideration of early cinema must encompass, but the unarguable bigotry of its white supremacist American origin myth-making is also something that contemporary audiences must grapple and contend with. 

Portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic underdogs, silent epic The Birth of a Nation (1915) is widely considered to be the most controversial film of all time. At once one of US culture's greatest artistic achievements and one of its most abhorrently racist artefacts, it becomes more shocking with every passing year.

Its audacious scale and numerous technical innovations mark it as a milestone which any consideration of early cinema must encompass, but the unarguable bigotry of its white supremacist American origin myth-making is also something that contemporary audiences must grapple and contend with. 

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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