dukes wrote:I must agree with Cap on this one - it is highly dependent on the time and contemporaneous social atmosphere. To a modern audience Birth of a Nation is not a big deal - but put into a Jim Crow context it was huge.
I watched Birth of a Nation
in my film history class in school (as the first feature-length movie ever, it is
quite historically significant in that respect alone); I'd say that even (or especially) from a modern point of view it is a very disturbing film, especially when the impact it had
Birth of a Nation
and the world's first live TV broadcast (Hitler's speech at the 1936 Olympic Games) are two events that for me are the definition of bittersweet: it seemed a shame that these major technical acheivments were introduced to the world in such an awful way.