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Noted at the time as one of the most important achievements in silent cinema, "Birth of a Nation" was also controversial for its depiction of race relations in the wake of the Civil War and for glorifying the Ku Klux Klan as saviors of the Reconstruction era.
"The worst thing about 'Birth of a Nation' is how good it is," The New Yorker's Richard Brody said of the film. "The merits of its grand and enduring aesthetic make it impossible to ignore and, despite its disgusting content, also make it hard not to love."
If not for the films message, "Birth of a Nation" is essential viewing for those who wish to understand the altered perspectives of the Civil War and Reconstruction era that shaped much of American policy during the first half of the 20th century.
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