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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

aka The Birth of a Nation

"The fiery cross of the Ku Klux Klan."

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Details: 190 mins · English, Silent film


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Small Elsie Stoneman
Small Flora Cameron
Small Col. Ben Cameron
Small Margaret Cameron
No_movie_poster Lydia Brown
No_movie_poster Austin Stoneman
No_movie_poster Abraham Lincoln
No_movie_poster Mrs. Cameron
No_movie_poster Dr. Cameron
No_movie_poster Mammy
No_movie_poster Silas Lynch
Small Phil Stoneman
No_movie_poster Wade Cameron
No_movie_poster Duke Cameron
Small Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
No_movie_poster Gen. Robert E. Lee


No_movie_poster Clare West Costume Design
Small D.W. Griffith Director
No_movie_poster Frank E. Woods Screenplay
No_movie_poster G.W. Bitzer Director of Photography
No_movie_poster H.E. Aitken Executive Producer
No_movie_poster James Smith Editor
No_movie_poster Jon Mirsalis Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Joseph Carl Breil Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Joseph Henabery Editor
No_movie_poster Joseph Henabery Editing
Small Raoul Walsh Editor
Small Raoul Walsh Editing
No_movie_poster Robert Goldstein Costume Design
No_movie_poster Rose Smith Editor
No_movie_poster Rose Smith Editing
Small Thomas F. Dixon Jr. Author
No_movie_poster Walter Hoffman Special Effects


"The fiery cross of the Ku Klux Klan."

"The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan"

"Lincoln's Assassination. The fatal blow that robbed the South of its best friend."

"The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan!"

"The dawn of a new art!"


=== Part 1: Pre-Civil War America ===

The film follows two juxtaposed families: the Northern Stonemans, consisting of the abolitionist Congressman Austin Stoneman, based on the Reconstruction-era Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, his two sons, and his daughter Elsie; and the Southern Camerons, a family including two daughters, Margaret and Flora, and three sons, most notably Ben.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1915-03-03 : United States of America

DVD : 2004-06-29

DVD : 1998-11-17

DVD : 2001-05-08