The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
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Sergei M. Eisenstein
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »
Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. Written by
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This film is widely credited for reviving the long-dead Ku Klux Klan. The organization staged its "rebirth" in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the same year that this movie was released. See more »
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If in this work we have conveyed to the mind the ravages of war to the end that war may be held in abhorrence, this effort will not have been in vain.
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The following was listed in the opening credits: A PLEA FOR THE ART OF THE MOTION PICTURE: We do not fear censorship, for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue - the same liberty that is conceeded to the art of the written word - that art to which we owe the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. See more »
This film is sometimes denounced as racist, and it appears to be when judged by a time following the race riots and black civil rights movement.
The black citizens are often shown as illiterate and ignorant. They were, not because of any failing of theirs, but because of laws forbidding their education. The carpetbaggers came to take unfair advantage of a beaten people and a large uneducated population. Their activities caused a great deal of backlash, much of which was unfairly directed at the former slaves. That backlash happened at the time, it was not invented by Griffith. The Klan is shown not as the gang of thugs and bigots most people consider it now, but as an army saving the people from the carpetbaggers. This also must be judged both by the situation at the time, and with the realization that there were real wrongs to be righted (the carpetbaggers again).
Now that a DVD with essentially the whole movie is available, watch it again, trying to put yourself in the place of someone who has heard stories of the civil war (the Southern viewpoint) and reconstruction all your life, and who probably had a father or uncle(s) who fought for the Confederacy. It looks a lot different that way.
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