DW GriffithThe 1915 epic film of birth of a nation Controversial, to say the least. Putting that aside for the time being, this is also a turning point in the history of cinema. Griffith pioneered a number of filmmaking techniques, almond white National Review remarks“This is a film of building blocks. Without Griffith, there would have been no extended cinematic narrative. This is a film that showed the world what cinema could be.” parallel action shots, high angle panorama shots, Battle sequences with up to 500 extras.
birth of a nation It was screened in two parts with a break in the middle of the screening time of over 3 hours. It was the first blockbuster movie Earn over $60 million by 1920the first American film to have an orchestral score, and the first film shown at the White House for a president woodrow wilsonwho said passionately“It’s like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it’s all very horribly true.” Wilson’s presidency is notorious for being racist. So it’s not all that surprising that this film led to another first, first feature film sequel, 1916. collapse of the nation.
‘National Collapse’ Is A Warning About America’s Possible Future
collapse of the nationdiffers from its predecessor in that it focuses on a possible future in which the United States is on the brink of collapse due to its adherence to pacifism.later sinking of LusitaniaAmerican billionaire Charles Waldron (percy standing) turned his back on his homeland and helped the Germans plot to overthrow the US government. The Germans assembled a large army, the Allied Forces of Europe, and invaded America, executing citizens on both sides. Pacifism has led America to believe that it has no enemies, so America is completely unprepared to counter an attack. As a result, the Germans conquered the country, and Waldron named himself the new prince of the puppet government.
After two years of German rule, America was saved by the heroic actions of Congressman John Vasser (Arthur Shirley), a war advocate who raises an army with the help of suffragist Virginia Holland (Lorraine Heuring). A legion of women known as the “Daughters of Jael” seduce and kill European Union soldiers (for reference, Jael is the biblical hero who saved Israel from the forces of King Jabin of Canaan in the Book of Judges). heroine). The uprising drove out the occupying forces, returned America to its former rule, set aside pacifist ideals and called for better military preparations. Looking to a brighter future, Holland makes plans to marry Vassar.
The ‘collapse of the state’ has its own purpose
collapse of the nation was based on a novel by Thomas Dixon Jr.also wrote “The Klansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan”The novel it was based on. birth of a nation. As a producer and director, this was Dixon Jr.’s attempt to capitalize on the success of Griffith’s films, Dixon Jr., big money Thanks to his one-quarter interest in the film (which used the success of the original to lay the groundwork for what would become a swift sequel legacy in film history). collapse of the nation was billed As an “attack against pacifism,” William Jennings Bryan and Mr Henry Ford, and a plea for America to prepare for war. By showing what life was like under German rule, the same Germans who massacred children and veterans during the invasion, the film unabashedly serves as pro-war propaganda. . Sometimes used as is In Europe during World War I, it was shown extensively in European battlefields and in several Russian cities.
However, unlike birth of a nationpromoted a deplorable policy of blacks, played primarily by black-faced white actors, as being unintelligent and sexually aggressive toward white women (and black men to maintain white supremacy). The Ku Klux Klan as an oppressive heroic group) and its spiritual allies. triumph of willpro-Nazi propaganda films, collapse of the nation It has little impact on society as a whole. Griffith’s contribution to pioneering cinematic art extends beyond the reprehensible content of the story itself and its hideous and blatant racism. Leni Riefenstahl seen by many As one of the most talented and hated filmmakers of the 20th century, he was named #1 on the Taste of Cinema list. 20 greatest female filmmakers in the history of cinema. collapse of the nation Dixon Jr. was eventually proven not to be D.W. Griffith, and his plans to rake in the money on the film were dashed. the movie was a commercial failure. His production company, Dixon Studios, went bankrupt. collapse of the nation It was the only output until its closure in 1921.
Unfortunately, the film has not been preserved and is believed to be lost, and no copies are known to exist. The novel itself, along with many still images and soundtracks, has survived and is in the Library of Congress. Available on YouTube). As a result, we decided to base our evaluation of the film on anecdotal evidence, but that didn’t stop us from speculating that: collapse of the nation is not truth Sequel. Some of the battle scenes were filmed in the same locations used by Griffith, birth of a nation, there is little else that ties the two together. It is set in a different era, none of the characters are the same, and there is no continuation of the story from the first film. But in the world I’ve seen Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Troll 2and Halloween III: Season of the Witchany discussion collapse of the nation It’s not a sequel, but it’s negligible at best.