History Film / TheBirthOfANation

26th Aug '16 2:11:40 PM OddHack
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** The Klan specialized in assassinations and low-intensity guerrilla tactics. They took potshots at their enemies, but never launched full cavalry charges -- and never had sufficient numbers to launch such charges. ({{Literature/GoneWithTheWind}} has a much more realistic depiction of Klan activity -- including the part where the Klansmen are all plantation aristocracy.)

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** The Klan specialized in assassinations and low-intensity guerrilla tactics. They took potshots at their enemies, but never launched full cavalry charges -- and never had sufficient numbers to launch such charges. ({{Literature/GoneWithTheWind}} (''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' has a much more realistic depiction of Klan activity -- including the part where the Klansmen are all plantation aristocracy.)
21st Jul '16 8:39:43 PM Eagal
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->''"Despite ''Birth''[='s=] blatant glorification of the KKK and depiction of black Americans as wild animals, this movie still ... nope, we're not finishing that sentence. On one hand, it pioneered concepts like actually moving the cameras and using rapid cuts, and you're probably still seeing its influence in movies today. On the other hand, ''everything else about it.''"''
-->--'''Website/{{Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19826_6-iconic-scenes-ripped-off-from-lesser-known-movies_p2.html 6 Iconic Scenes Ripped Off From Lesser Known Movies]]



* AdaptationDistillation
* AdaptationalHeroism:
* AllIsWellThatEndsWell: For ''[[ValuesDissonance certain definitions]]'' of "ends well."

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** In truth, Gus, Flora's would-be rapist, comes across more as an unwashed (white) coal miner than as a truly black man.
* BoundAndGagged: A [[DamselInDistress white woman]], of course.

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** In truth, Gus, Flora's would-be rapist, comes across more as an unwashed (white) coal miner than as a truly black man.
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%%* BoundAndGagged: A [[DamselInDistress white woman]], of course.



* ChangedMyMindKid
* CloseupOnHead

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* DefiledForever
* DividedStatesOfAmerica
* DoubleInLawMarriage: See BestFriendsInLaw above.

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* DoubleInLawMarriage: See BestFriendsInLaw above.%%* DoubleInLawMarriage



* EpicMovie: Probably [[UrExample the first ever]], though it is preceded by ''Cabiria'' by Giovanni Pastrone which like this film, was played at the White House.

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* EpicMovie: Probably [[UrExample the first ever]], though it is preceded by ''Cabiria'' by Giovanni Pastrone which like this film, was played at the White House. %%* EpicMovie



* {{Expy}}:
** Austin Stoneman is a stand-in for Thaddeus Stevens, the leader of the Radical Republicans.
** Ben Cameron as an ex-Confederate soldier who forms the Klan to protect Southern virtue is one for Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.



* FramedSubject
* GenkiGirl: Flora

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* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: The Klan.

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* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: The Ku Klux Klan.



* InUniverseCamera

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** LoveBeforeFirstSight on Ben Cameron's part for Elsie Stoneman, though. Like a proto-[[Film/TheTerminator Kyle Reese]], he acquires a picture of her from her brother Phil and throughout his military career, he holds on to it and looks at it on a regular basis before he finally meets her.

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** * LoveBeforeFirstSight on Ben Cameron's part for Elsie Stoneman, though. Like a proto-[[Film/TheTerminator Kyle Reese]], he acquires a picture of her from her brother Phil and throughout his military career, he holds on to it and looks at it on a regular basis before he finally meets her.



* {{Melodrama}}: Especially in the second half.

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* %%* {{Melodrama}}: Especially in the second half.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Austin Stoneman is a stand-in for Thaddeus Stevens, the leader of the Radical Republicans.
** Ben Cameron as an ex-Confederate soldier who forms the Klan to protect Southern virtue is one for Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.



* ThePollyanna: Flora Cameron, during the Civil War half.
* RapeAsDrama

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* "Music/RideOfTheValkyries": Used when the Klansmen ride to the rescue at the climax.
* ScaryBlackMan: Gus.
** And an even scarier biracial, Silas Lynch.

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* "Music/RideOfTheValkyries": Used when the Klansmen ride to the rescue at the climax.
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Gus.
** %%** And an even scarier biracial, Silas Lynch.



* TheVamp: Lydia Brown.

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* WhiteMansBurden: Played to some extent really horribly, with Austin Stoneman's [[ScaryBlackMan mulatto protégé Silas]].

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* %%* WhiteMansBurden: Played to some extent really horribly, with Austin Stoneman's [[ScaryBlackMan mulatto protégé Silas]].
17th Jul '16 1:38:19 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* DeathGlare: Any time Ben Cameron lays eyes upon Silas Lynch.
28th Apr '16 9:23:55 AM erforce
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** LoveBeforeFirstSight on Ben Cameron's part for Elsie Stoneman, though. Like a proto-[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Kyle Reese]], he acquires a picture of her from her brother Phil and throughout his military career, he holds on to it and looks at it on a regular basis before he finally meets her.

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** LoveBeforeFirstSight on Ben Cameron's part for Elsie Stoneman, though. Like a proto-[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} proto-[[Film/TheTerminator Kyle Reese]], he acquires a picture of her from her brother Phil and throughout his military career, he holds on to it and looks at it on a regular basis before he finally meets her.
2nd Apr '16 3:41:14 AM JulianLapostat
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Abraham Lincoln who wants a peaceful reunification, the one thing in the film that is more or less accurate.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Abraham Lincoln who wants a peaceful reunification, the one thing in the film that is more or less accurate. This is of course consistent with the Dunning view which managed to be pro-Lincoln and anti-Reconstruction. In actual fact, Lincoln at the time of his death voiced public support for black suffrage, which was the trigger for Booth to murder him.
1st Apr '16 2:07:33 PM JamesAustin
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* MyEyesAreDownHere: Some of the KKK robes have a pair of large circles with crosses in them at chest height.

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* MyEyesAreDownHere: MyEyesAreUpHere: Some of the KKK robes have a pair of large circles with crosses in them at chest height.



* ValuesDissonance: this movie was extreme even for its time.
1st Apr '16 1:58:47 PM JamesAustin
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->''"Classic or not, ''Birth of a Nation'' has long been one of the embarrassments of film scholarship. It can't be ignored ... and yet it was regarded as outrageously racist even at a time when racism was hardly a household word.''"
->-- '''Andrew Sarris'''

->''"Despite Birth's blatant glorification of the KKK and depiction of black Americans as wild animals, this movie still ... nope, we're not finishing that sentence. On one hand, it pioneered concepts like actually moving the cameras and using rapid cuts, and you're probably still seeing its influence in movies today. On the other hand, ''everything else about it.''''"
->--'''Website/{{Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19826_6-iconic-scenes-ripped-off-from-lesser-known-movies_p2.html 6 Iconic Scenes Ripped Off From Lesser Known Movies]]

A 1915 silent movie directed by Creator/DWGriffith, starring famous silent film actress Creator/LillianGish, and one of Hollywood's first great "epic" films. Based on the 1905 novel ''The Clansman'' by Thomas Dixon.

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->''"Classic or not, ''Birth of a Nation'' has long been one of the embarrassments of film scholarship. It can't be ignored ... and yet it was regarded as outrageously racist even at a time when racism was hardly a household word.''"
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'''Andrew Sarris'''

->''"Despite Birth's ''Birth''[='s=] blatant glorification of the KKK and depiction of black Americans as wild animals, this movie still ... nope, we're not finishing that sentence. On one hand, it pioneered concepts like actually moving the cameras and using rapid cuts, and you're probably still seeing its influence in movies today. On the other hand, ''everything else about it.''''"
->--'''Website/{{Cracked}}''',
''"''
-->--'''Website/{{Cracked}}''',
[[http://www.cracked.com/article_19826_6-iconic-scenes-ripped-off-from-lesser-known-movies_p2.html 6 Iconic Scenes Ripped Off From Lesser Known Movies]]

A ''The Birth of a Nation'' is a 1915 silent movie directed by Creator/DWGriffith, starring famous silent film actress Creator/LillianGish, and one of Hollywood's first great "epic" films. Based on the 1905 novel ''The Clansman'' by Thomas Dixon.
25th Mar '16 5:03:25 PM redandready45
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Added DiffLines:

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Abraham Lincoln who wants a peaceful reunification, the one thing in the film that is more or less accurate.
11th Mar '16 4:52:56 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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The plot of '''''The Birth of a Nation''''' is a two-part chronicle of American history. The first part depicts the nation before, during, and after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, from the perspective of two juxtaposed families - the Northern Stonemans, who are abolitionists and federalists, and the Southern Camerons, who are secessionists. When war breaks out, the houses must send their sons off to their respective opposing armies. The Camerons suffer many hardships in the war torn and depleted South, and must deal with hunger, ransackers, looters, and rapists. Eventually, the Union army crushes the Confederacy, ending the war. President Abraham Lincoln promises to rebuild the South, in spite of protests from vengeful Northern politicians who would execute its leaders and treat the land as conquered territory. But Abraham Lincoln is assassinated at Ford's Theater, allowing the Radical Republicans, led by Austin Stoneman, to gain strength and support for inflicting punitive measures on the South for their rebellion.

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The plot of '''''The ''The Birth of a Nation''''' Nation'' is a two-part chronicle of American history. The first part depicts the nation before, during, and after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, from the perspective of two juxtaposed families - the Northern Stonemans, who are abolitionists and federalists, and the Southern Camerons, who are secessionists. When war breaks out, the houses must send their sons off to their respective opposing armies. The Camerons suffer many hardships in the war torn and depleted South, and must deal with hunger, ransackers, looters, and rapists. Eventually, the Union army crushes the Confederacy, ending the war. President Abraham Lincoln promises to rebuild the South, in spite of protests from vengeful Northern politicians who would execute its leaders and treat the land as conquered territory. But Abraham Lincoln is assassinated at Ford's Theater, allowing the Radical Republicans, led by Austin Stoneman, to gain strength and support for inflicting punitive measures on the South for their rebellion.
9th Mar '16 12:44:40 PM Temmere
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