The most
controversial
film that ever
made !
The Birth of a Nation has been credited as groundbreaking among its
contemporaries for its innovative application of the m...
Storytelling...


2

The story is told
through these two
families and often their
servants, epitomizing
the worst racial
...
 Despite its controversial story, the film has been praised by film
critics such as Roger Ebert, who said: "The Birth of ...
1.Racism
 Modern films make racism invisible, curable, an attribute of
villains, or the occasion for optimistic morality ...
 Griffith’s movie was criticized for using white actors in blackface to
portray his black villains (a bad person in the f...
2.Ku Klux Klan
 The portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (whose original founding is
dramatized) as a heroic force. The KKK, the...
4.Slavery

 However, the movie was shown how slavery was in that time
in America. The black people were working 12 hours ...
More Detail : Motifs..
The film frequently returns to the street in front of the Cameron house in
Piedmont, South Carolina...
Motifs
When the passion of
war passes the town
and the South starts off
strong, the street
transforms into a scene
of pass...
Birth of Cinema !
 Griffith is one of the
biggest directors as
well as he is a racist.
There are many
innovatios of Griff...
Outstanding Editing
 The final sequences of the K.K.K rescue mission are
pioneering uses of parallel editing.
Nighttime Photography
 The first nighttime filming belongs to The Birth Of A Nantion
Normally a two-reeler
would screen in a theater
and a hired piano player
would improvise general
mood music so that each
s...
The film is innovative in
its
- beautiful outdoor
photography,
- camera movement and
positioning,
- emotive tinting,
- nig...
References :
~ Basics Film-Making 04: The Language of Film
by John Marland, Robert Edgar-Hunt, Steven Rawle
~ Sessiz Sinem...
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The Birth of a Nation

  1. 1. The most controversial film that ever made !
  2. 2. The Birth of a Nation has been credited as groundbreaking among its contemporaries for its innovative application of the medium of film. And it was also the most popular film of the silent era. The story of the ‘Birth of a New America’, where postReconstruction caused a takeover in the South by, essentially, a lawless AfricanAmerican militia and the abuse and subjugation of white citizens. According to the film, the Ku Klux Klan was the savior of modern America, restoring law and order and saving the people of the white South.
  3. 3. Storytelling...  2 The story is told through these two families and often their servants, epitomizing the worst racial stereotypes. As the nation is torn apart by war, the slaves and their abolitionist supporters are seen as the destructive force behind it all. 1 The first half of the film begins before the Civil War, explaining the introduction of slavery to America before jumping into battle. Two families, the northern Stonemans and the Southern Camerons, are introduced. 3 The film's racism grows even worse in its second half, set during Reconstruction and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, introduced as the picture's would-be heroes. The fact that Griffith jammed a love story in the midst of his recreated race war is absolutely audacious. It's thrilling and disturbing, often at the same time.
  4. 4.  Despite its controversial story, the film has been praised by film critics such as Roger Ebert, who said: "The Birth of a Nation is not a bad film because it argues for evil. Like Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, it is a great film that argues for evil.’’
  5. 5. 1.Racism  Modern films make racism invisible, curable, an attribute of villains, or the occasion for optimistic morality plays. But, on the other hand, ‘’ The Birth of a Nation’’ film was based on the racism.
  6. 6.  Griffith’s movie was criticized for using white actors in blackface to portray his black villains (a bad person in the film). There were no Negro actors, because blackface whites were always used. “The bringing of the African to America planted the first seed of disunion.” !
  7. 7. 2.Ku Klux Klan  The portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (whose original founding is dramatized) as a heroic force. The KKK, the organization that saved the South form the anarchy of black rule by shedding many blood.
  8. 8. 4.Slavery  However, the movie was shown how slavery was in that time in America. The black people were working 12 hours in a day in the huge plantation farmlands.
  9. 9. More Detail : Motifs.. The film frequently returns to the street in front of the Cameron house in Piedmont, South Carolina. Each time we see the street, its appearance changes, mirroring the political and social mood of a given moment. When times are good, the street feels lighter: flowers are in bloom, families gather on front steps, the sun shines, and the street fills with horse carts, playful cats and so on...
  10. 10. Motifs When the passion of war passes the town and the South starts off strong, the street transforms into a scene of passionate release. Bonfires light the street, and silhouetted revelers run up and down the block, jumping and waving flags.
  11. 11. Birth of Cinema !  Griffith is one of the biggest directors as well as he is a racist. There are many innovatios of Griffith to improve cinematography such as ; the moving camera shot of the approach; the angled camera positions:
  12. 12. Outstanding Editing  The final sequences of the K.K.K rescue mission are pioneering uses of parallel editing.
  13. 13. Nighttime Photography  The first nighttime filming belongs to The Birth Of A Nantion
  14. 14. Normally a two-reeler would screen in a theater and a hired piano player would improvise general mood music so that each screening essentially had a different soundtrack. Griffith objected the sound film that has many dialogues. According to him music is the only thing that can accompany films. He also used many political quotations between scenes.
  15. 15. The film is innovative in its - beautiful outdoor photography, - camera movement and positioning, - emotive tinting, - nighttime photography - good use of splitscreens and so on...
  16. 16. References : ~ Basics Film-Making 04: The Language of Film by John Marland, Robert Edgar-Hunt, Steven Rawle ~ Sessiz Sinema publised by Nilgün Abisel Prepared by Rauf Belge & Serhat Ay

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