The Birth of a Nation

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The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed and co-produced by D.wikipedia
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D. W. Griffith

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The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed and co-produced by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish.
He is remembered for The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916).

Lillian Gish

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The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed and co-produced by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish.
Gish was a prominent film star from 1912 into the 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D. W. Griffith, including her leading role in the highest-grossing film of the silent era, Griffith's seminal The Birth of a Nation (1915).

Thomas Dixon Jr.

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The screenplay is adapted from the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon Jr., as well as Dixon's novel The Leopard's Spots.
Film director D. W. Griffith adapted The Clansman for the screen in The Birth of a Nation (1915), which stimulated the formation of the 20th-century version of the Klan.

Intolerance (film)

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Griffith's indignation at efforts to censor or ban the film motivated him to produce Intolerance the following year.
Intolerance was made partly in response to criticism of Griffith's previous film, The Birth of a Nation (1915), which was criticized by the NAACP and other groups as perpetuating racial stereotypes and glorifying the Ku Klux Klan.

Frank E. Woods

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Griffith co-wrote the screenplay with Frank E. Woods, and co-produced the film with Harry Aitken.
He was also known for his screenplay collaborations with D. W. Griffith, including the co-scripting of The Birth of a Nation.

Silent film

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The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed and co-produced by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish.
Starting with the mostly original score composed by Joseph Carl Breil for D. W. Griffith's groundbreaking epic The Birth of a Nation (1915), it became relatively common for the biggest-budgeted films to arrive at the exhibiting theater with original, specially composed scores.

National Film Registry

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In 1992, the Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Henry B. Walthall

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Henry B. Walthall as Colonel Benjamin Cameron ("The Little Colonel")
He appeared as the Little Colonel in D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915).

Blackface

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The film was a commercial success, though it was highly controversial for its portrayal of black men (many played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women, and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as a heroic force.
D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) used white people in blackface to represent all of its major black characters, but reaction against the film's racism largely put an end to this practice in dramatic film roles.

Miriam Cooper

Miriam Cooper as Margaret Cameron, elder sister
Miriam Cooper (November 7, 1891 – April 12, 1976) was a silent film actress who is best known for her work in early film including The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance for D. W. Griffith and The Honor System and Evangeline for her husband Raoul Walsh.

Ku Klux Klan

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The film was a commercial success, though it was highly controversial for its portrayal of black men (many played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women, and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) as a heroic force.
Taking inspiration from D. W. Griffith's 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation, which mythologized the founding of the first Klan, it employed marketing techniques and a popular fraternal organization structure.

Walter Long (actor)

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Walter Long as Gus, the renegade
He appeared in many D. W. Griffith films, notably The Birth of a Nation (1915), where he appeared as Gus, an African American, in blackface make-up, and Intolerance (1916).

Ralph Lewis (actor)

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Ralph Lewis as Austin Stoneman, Leader of the House
The character actor remains perhaps best-remembered for his role as abolitionist U.S. Representative Austin Stoneman in D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915).

Robert Harron

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Robert Harron as Tod Stoneman
Although he acted in over 200 films, he is known for his roles in the D.W. Griffith directed films The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916).

Mae Marsh

Mae Marsh as Flora Cameron, the pet sister
In The Birth of a Nation (1915) she played the innocent sister who waits for her brothers to come home from war and who, in one of the film's most racially charged scenes, leaps to her death rather than submit to the lustful advances of Gus, the so-called "renegade Negro" who is later killed by the Ku Klux Klan.

Mary Alden

Mary Alden as Lydia Brown, Stoneman's housekeeper
Her most popular role in movies came in The Birth of a Nation directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915.

George Siegmann

George Siegmann as Silas Lynch
His more notable roles include Silas Lynch in Griffith's Birth of A Nation (1915), Porthos in The Three Musketeers (1921), Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist (1922), the guard in the 1927 film The Cat and the Canary, and Dr. Hardquanonne in The Man Who Laughs (completed in 1927, released in 1928).

Spottiswoode Aitken

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Spottiswoode Aitken as Dr. Cameron
He was perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Cameron in The Birth of a Nation (1915).

Elmer Clifton

Elmer Clifton as Phil Stoneman, elder son
A collaborator of D.W. Griffith, he appeared in The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916) before giving up acting in 1917 to concentrate on work behind the camera, with Griffith and Joseph Henabery as his mentors.

Josephine Crowell

Josephine Crowell as Mrs. Cameron
Her most notable film appearance during that period was in the early film classic The Birth of a Nation, starring Lillian Gish and directed by D. W. Griffith.

Russell Hicks

Russell Hicks
His first appearance was an uncredited role in The Birth of a Nation (1915).

George Beranger

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George Beranger as Wade Cameron, second son
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Joseph Henabery

Joseph Henabery as Abraham Lincoln
Henabery appeared in the D. W. Griffith silent film Birth of a Nation (1915) as Abraham Lincoln.

Donald Crisp

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Donald Crisp as General Ulysses S. Grant
One notable exception was his casting by Griffith as General Ulysses S. Grant in Griffith's landmark film The Birth of a Nation in 1915.

Madame Sul-Te-Wan

Madame Sul-Te-Wan as woman with gypsy shawl
She became known as a character actress, appeared in high-profile films such as The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916), and easily navigated the transition to the sound films.