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7155BIRTH OF A NATION, THE* (tinted)BIRTH OF A NATION, THE* (TINTED)1915color187 mindvd/laserdisc (Directed by D. W. Griffith, screenplay by D. W. Griffith and Frank E. Woods, Jr. based on the novel and play The Clansman and the novel The Leopard's Spots by Thomas Dixon; with Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B.Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis) In nine short years American film making matured from Porter's The Great Train Robbery to D. W. Griffith's still-controversial masterpiece. It is a fascinating look at two families symbolizing the North and the South during the Civil War and the Reconstruction. Griffith's attitude toward the Klu Klux Klan has kept this film a center of controversy for over eighty years, yet few people today have ever seen a complete showing. It set the standard for film spectacle and absorbing historical melodrama. (With a musical soundtrack) [Laserdisc funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (Laserdisc Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)