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1 Thanos  Feb 8, 2015 3:29:12pm

To this very day the average cast is almost always Celtic.

2 Decatur Deb  Feb 8, 2015 3:33:26pm

re: #1 Thanos

To this very day the average cast is almost always Celtic.

Factor in Bollywood.

3 CriticalDragon1177  Feb 8, 2015 5:11:05pm

Lumberhead,

Watching something like “Birth of a Nation” would do more to just tick me off than anything else. Its a sign of how far we’ve come that such a film would cause outrage now. Its such disgustingly racist propaganda that I can’t really appreciate its artistic merits. I can see why we don’t celebrate 100 years in movies, given the fact that that was basically the first one.

4 Decatur Deb  Feb 8, 2015 5:14:41pm

re: #3 CriticalDragon1177

So date it from this, 1 hour 11 minutes, 1911. It was re-issued a couple years ago, with a new soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. The restoration is very decent.

imdb.com

5 Roger S  Feb 8, 2015 5:34:28pm

Too bad the article lost it’s footing by taking unwarranted shots at American Sniper.

6 CriticalDragon1177  Feb 8, 2015 5:51:56pm

re: #4 Decatur Deb

So date it from this, 1 hour 11 minutes, 1911. It was re-issued a couple years ago, with a new soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. The restoration is very decent.

imdb.com

Okay so it wasn’t really the first one. That would be a much better one that I probably could remember fondly. Thanks.

7 lawhawk  Feb 9, 2015 7:04:05am

It may be 100 years since Birth of a Nation was released, but it’s not the first feature length film, not by a long shot. That’s attributed to an Australian film, the Story of the Kelly Gang. So that’s one reason that this year isn’t being treated as a particularly special anniversary.

And the Edison production company put together the Great Train Robbery in 1905, and that was only 11 minutes long (b/w and a silent movie).

Mind you, Birth of a Nation established many of the tropes that are common to films today so from a stylistic and technical perspective, it’s instrumental in shaping modern movies, but the subject matter was horrific.


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