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11.06.2013 | | Posted at 10:37 AM

D.W. Griffith’s classic out on Blu-ray

By David Luhrssen
  Perhaps D.W. Griffith felt guilty about The Birth of a Nation (1915), which pulled filmmaking to new heights while propounding a racist message rabble-rousing enough to inspire the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. Or more likely, the director wanted another cinematic mountain to climb. His next film, Intolerance (1916), was three-and-a-half hours of four interrelated stories...
11.17.2012 | | Posted at 08:56 AM

Spielberg Not the First to Direct Honest Abe

By David Luhrssen
  It’s tempting to suspect that Abraham Lincoln was D.W. Griffith’s mea culpa for The Birth of a Nation—except Griffith probably never thought he did anything wrong. Abraham Lincoln (1930), Griffith’s last significant film, has been issued by Kino Lorber on Blu-ray in the most complete version to surface since it played in movie houses, intact except for the soundtrack of t...