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The complicated, ugly legacy of the 1915 'Birth of a Nation'

D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” plays as a strange and troubling artifact, a grainy, flickering work of artistic brilliance whose images are at once breathtaking and repugnant. With sweeping shots and intimate close-ups, the 1915 silent film heralded the future of cinema, but its abhorrent...
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