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Old 10-10-2012, 09:00 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by SoNicRaDiATioN View Post
Really. I'm not sure you can reconcile it, or even have to. It's a work of great beauty and great ugliness. There's no doubt it's racist and offensive. It's been scorned as much as it's been celebrated. But it's a creative marvel and pretty much laid the groundwork for the modern film language. It expanded the scope of cinema into a great artform. It's a sobbering historical document about the politics and attitudes (ignorance) of America and of it's director. A powerful film which cannot be ignored. The attitudes to a large extent have changed but the cinematic techniques that Griffith contributed are firmly entrenched.
I won't deny that it's important but I wouldn't call it a favorite because of that. It's the difference between liking something and objectively recognizing that it's well made; I can do the latter with Birth of a Nation but not the former.

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