Culture Re-View: ‘Birth of a Nation’ one of the most controversial films ever is released

8 February 1915: “The most controversial film in Hollywood history” is released The 1910s was a fertile time for cinema. Film production started moving to Los Angeles in the US during the First World War and the understanding of cinema as a storytelling artform like the one we know today was developing. One of the biggest successes of the era for American film was ‘The Birth of a Nation’, directed D. W. Griffith and released on this day in 1915. It’s a black and white film that chronicles the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination through the story of two families. When it was …

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