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Desc:Everyone responsible for this film has been dead for a long time.
Category:Classic Movies, Educational
Tags:Racist, old, white people
Submitted:BartFargo
Date:12/24/08
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baleen

Top grossing film of all time.
eatenmyeyes
Nope. Gone with the Wind

Killer Joe
Seriously, you need to watch this, for many many reasons.
bacrie
if not for historical context then at least for the scene of black men taking off their shoes and eating fried chicken while congress is in session

sosage
That is the scene that I imagine most extreme far right voters predicted would happen if Obama won.

This film is like Triumph of the Will: in technical execution it is a masterpiece. In content, however...well...uhm...hmm...no.

Stog
That is some really blurry picture quality.

Hollywood Classics on YouTube has a much clearer version, though it's got a few issues (such as the soundtrack accidentally being lowered to an almost inaudible volume during the credits.). Also, it being on YouTube, you'll have to hop around from video to video.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbba8fzLPf4&fmt=18
kamlem
This is probably even better quality...

http://www.archive.org/details/dw_griffith_birth_of_a_nation
The fact that this was the first film to be shown in the White House never fails to blow my mind!
Stog
Oh hell yes. Just grab it off there instead.

baleen


The opening box office was about $10M, absolutely mind blowing for 1915.

The film was shown constantly, mostly in the South, where watching it had become a tradition that spanned decades, up into the 1940's. It had made to that date over $40,000,000, depending on what numbers you looked at, which would put it's adjusted gross somewhere between $300,000,000 and over a billion depending on how you choose to calculate dollar value over the decades. Not bad for a movie that cost less than two hundred grand to make.

Syd Midnight
The fact that you just typed in bold on PoeTV comments blows my mind. Nobody has ever been able to do thjat before. That's some Jesusy shit. What's the secret?

kamlem
Wish I knew. I just copied and pasted the link into my post and looked at that lovely space between the link and the last line and then *BAM* there it was, bolded and ugly as sin wedged under the URL...

Um... I mean, I'll only share the secret for 50 bucks!

MrBuddy
The first half of this movie is really good and surprisingly accurate depiction of the American Civil War and assassination of Abraham Lincoln in a time when there were still people alive who took part.

The second half will unnerve you. "Hey, those Klan fellows are an alright bunch of guys... Wha- AAAAAARGH! NOOOOOOO!!!"
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