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BFI Film Classics

The Birth of a Nation

Authors: McEwan, Paul

  • The Birth of a Nation is an epic film central to the development of film and film studies
  • Contains much new and unpublished material detailing controversies surrounding the film in 1950s America
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Portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic underdogs, silent epic The Birth of a Nation (1915) is widely considered to be the most controversial film of all time. At once one of US culture's greatest artistic achievements and one of its most abhorrently racist artefacts, it becomes more shocking with every passing year.

Comprising a decade of archival research and published on the 100th anniversary of the film's release, this richly detailed study considers both the film's afterlife and the artistic, industrial and moral surroundings in which it was created. Drawing on an unbroken century of production and reception history, Paul McEwan recounts the film's origins and development, Griffith's unique editing and cinematography and the construction of racial identity and fear in the film. Assessing its contribution as an art form, while directly grappling with the complexity of the art-or-racism debate, Paul McEwan shows how The Birth of a Nation has had a central role in the development of film and Film Studies worldwide.

About the authors

Paul McEwan is Associate Professor of Media and Communication and Film Studies and Director of Film Studies at Muhlenburg College, USA. He has written extensively on D.W. Griffith and is the author of a book on the cult punk film Hard Core Logo.

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-659-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-657-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Birth of a Nation
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-659-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84457-659-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-657-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
96
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