D.W. Griffith's the Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time / Edition 1

D.W. Griffith's the Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time / Edition 1

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by Melvyn Stokes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195336798

ISBN-13: 9780195336795

Pub. Date: 01/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this deeply researched and fascinating study, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception, and continuing history of D. W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation. The 1915 film introduced many new conventions that would soon come to define American cinema, while it also drew large numbers of middle-class patrons to moviegoing for the…  See more details below

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In this deeply researched and fascinating study, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception, and continuing history of D. W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation. The 1915 film introduced many new conventions that would soon come to define American cinema, while it also drew large numbers of middle-class patrons to moviegoing for the first time. Though the film was a landmark aesthetic work, it was also a spectacle of unfettered racism, with a storyline that would inspire both bigotry and distrust. This indispensable account sheds light on both its groundbreaking formal qualities and its long shadow, twin sides to one of the twentieth century's most powerful works of art.

About the Author:
Melvyn Stokes is Senior Lecturer in American History at University College London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195336795
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
954,412
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Premiere in Los Angeles
2. Thomas Dixon, Jr.
3. David Wark Griffith
4. Making The Birth of a Nation
5. Transforming the American Movie Audience
6. Fighting a Vicious Film
7. Griffith's View of History
8. After Birth
9. Conclusion
Bibliography

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