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    Thumbs Up D.W. Griffith's Film 'Birth of a Nation' To Be Shown in L.A.

    Rarely Screened 'Birth of a Nation' To Be Shown in L.A.


    Four years after angry protests by the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP and other groups forced him to yank his planned showing of D.W. Griffith's 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, the owner of the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles has vowed to screen the film beginning tonight (Monday). Charlie Lustman, who describes the film as both "a cultural and artistic monument" and a "shameful stain" on the history of U.S. race relations, told Saturday's Los Angeles Times that he intended to launch a series on the most important silent films with Nation because he regarded it as "the biggest and most cinematic gem in history." (He intends to show the film with a disclaimer stating that he does not endorse the racist content of the film but wants to honor its place in cinema history, the Times observed.) However, L.A. NAACP President Geraldine Washington told the newspaper that she still opposes the screening. "This movie has no positive value whatsoever," she said. "And it runs the risk of creating unrest and hate crimes. It's just too risky to take a chance."

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    Thumbs Up Re: Rarely Screened 'Birth of a Nation' To Be Shown in L.A.

    I have the movie on tape. To say that it has no redeeming properties is a knee-jerk liberal, ''Lets stand up for the black 'cause he cannot stand up for himself'' reactionary statement if I've ever heard one! The movie was one of the first multi-reel films ever made and employs techniques that have become standard in the industry to this day. It does not shy away from the realities of re-construction as the horror it was that was visited upon the south as a penalty for engaging in Sedition against the northern indusrial complex. The movie is a classic film that deserves a place in the panthion of cinema. Ignoring the Racial atrocities of the past does not make them go away.Those who would censure this film would do well to remember that. And if you've ever seen this film then you know that atrocities work both ways. War is truly hell. And D.W.Griffiths masterpiece; "Birth of a nation''. Didnt shy away from that. Kinvolk gives it Two from the shoulder salutes!!! Now back to our sponsors.
    Some days you just want to holler your head off!!!

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    Post Re: Rarely Screened 'Birth of a Nation' To Be Shown in L.A.

    [And the predictable follow-up: ]

    Protests Force Cancellation of 'Birth of a Nation'


    The owner of the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood canceled a planned screening of D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation after the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP and a group called the National Alliance for Positive Action vowed to picket the theater. Although owner Charlie Lustman had planned to show the film with a disclaimer stating that he does not endorse the racist content of the film but wants to honor its place in cinema history, the two groups had charged that the film would continue to poison race relations. Lustman said that he had also received threatening phone calls and was concerned about the safety of patrons and 92-year-old Bob Mitchell, the onetime leader of the famed Mitchell Boys Choir, who was to provide organ music to accompany the film.

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    Birth of a Nation

    See D. W. Griffith's masterpiece - the first feature length movie ever made. The evils of multiculturalism depicted in this 1915 movie have all come to pass.
    http://www.yggdrasilfilms.com/

    To see Birth of a Nation you will first have to download DivX Player, available for free at http://www.divx.com/

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