Thursday, February 26, 2009

The List: The Birth of a Nation
(dir. D. W. Griffith, 1915)

So. Hmmm. I really disliked this movie. In fact, it took me many, many tries (and a few months of having it sitting here, sucking up netflix charges) for me to finally get through it. Given the triple whammy of its being...

A) silent
B) 3 hours long
C) incredibly offensive

...I never really expected any better. In any case, I'm gonna say as little about it as possible.

But I will give it this: watching it was an experience. Just not in the good way. Yeah, it was a technical milestone. Yeah, it was the first blockbuster. And yes, it may have secured the future of feature films as we know them. But damn if it isn't a total slog to sit through. The Lincoln assassination scene is cool, though.

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Blogger Kamikaze Camel said...

It really is just a boring film. Same goes for Leni Reifenstahl's Triumph of the Will. Technologically stunning perhaps, but just a real drag to sit through (and then adding in the politics of it all and... well... yeah, ugh).

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Blogger Jose said...

Bet you're not trying "Intolerance" any time soon huh?

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