Film Review of A Birth of a Nation
Birth of a Nation is the single most important and key film of all time - it contains many new cinematic innovations and refinements, technical effects and artistic advancements, including a color sequence at the end. It became a formative influence on future films and has had a recognized impact on film history and the development of film as art. In addition, at almost three hours in length, it was the longest film to date. Its pioneering technical work includes: the special use of subtitles graphically verbalizing imagery, the introduction of night photography, the use of outdoor natural landscapes as backg
The government should give funding for this film to be preserved. rounds, the definitive usage of the still-shot, the technique of the camera "iris" effect (expanding or contracting circular masks to either reveal and open up a scene, or close down and conceal a part of an image, moving, panning camera tracking shots, the use of total-screen close-ups to reveal intimate expressions, the use of vignettes seen in or iris-shots in one portion of a darkened screen, high-angle shots and the abundant use of panoramic long shots, the dramatization of history in a moving story, an example of an early spectacle or epic film with historical costuming, staged battle scenes with hundreds of extras, extensive cross-cutting between two scenes to create excitement and suspense, and the cumulative building of the film to a dramatic climax. It is a piece of history in two senses, one, because of its film innovation and two, because of its controversial material. First off, there are questions about whether or not the government should give funding to preserve this film. However, it still provokes conflicting views about its message. Many of these techniques are now standard features of films, but they were first used in this film. The film is indeed not appropriate for the viewing of children today. It should be used as a learning tool instead of an entertainment tool. One alone cannot decide which films will be preserved, for it would be censorship, and if one were to censor film then a form of art would be attacked. Next, because the film is explicitly racist and is used for Ku Klux Klan recruitment one must question whether the film is suitable for todays society. The content the film contains, at times, is repulsive, but if one were to step out of the story and view the film for its composure then one would see it is a masterpiece.