The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan!

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1915-02-08
  • User Rating: 6.065/10 from 413 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 13min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: Epoch Film Co.
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.

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    Directing Erich von Stroheim Assistant Director
    Writing Thomas F. Dixon Jr. Novel
    Writing Thomas F. Dixon Jr. Adaptation
    Writing Frank E. Woods Screenplay
    Production H.E. Aitken Executive Producer
    Camera Joseph Carl Breil Director of Photography
    Sound Joseph Carl Breil Music
    Sound Jon Mirsalis Original Music Composer
    Camera Billy Bitzer Director of Photography
    Editing Joseph Henabery Editor
    Directing Joseph Henabery Assistant Director
    Editing James Smith Editor
    Editing Rose Smith Editor
    Editing Raoul Walsh Editor
    Directing Raoul Walsh Assistant Director
    Costume & Make-Up Robert Goldstein Costume Design
    Costume & Make-Up Clare West Costume Design
    Crew Walter Hoffman Special Effects
    Visual Effects Walter Hoffman Special Effects Supervisor
    Directing Henry B. Walthall Assistant Director
    Directing Elmer Clifton Assistant Director
    Directing Donald Crisp Assistant Director
    Directing Howard Gaye Assistant Director
    Directing D.W. Griffith Director
    Editing D.W. Griffith Editor
    Production D.W. Griffith Producer
    Sound D.W. Griffith Original Music Composer
    Writing D.W. Griffith Writer
    Crew D.W. Griffith Presenter
    Editing Karl Malkames Negative Cutter
    Directing Robert Harron Assistant Director
    Directing W.S. Van Dyke Assistant Director
    Directing Jack Conway Assistant Director
    Directing Allan Dwan Assistant Director
    Crew Monte Blue Stunts
    Directing Monte Blue Assistant Director
    Directing Christy Cabanne Assistant Director
    Directing Tom Wilson Assistant Director
    Camera Karl Brown Camera Operator
    Crew Leo Nomis Stunts
    Sound Carli Elinor Conductor
    Art Ralph M. DeLacy Property Master
    Directing Herbert Sutch Assistant Director
    Crew Shorty English Carpenter
    Art Frank Wortman Set Designer
    Sound Joseph Nurnberger Music
    Art Hal Sullivan Assistant Property Master
    Crew Charles Eagle Eye Stunts
    Directing Fred Hamer Assistant Director
    Directing Thomas E. O'Brien Assistant Director
    Directing Baron von Winther Assistant Director
    Art Cash Shockey Painter
    Crew Fireworks Wilson Special Effects
    Crew Jim Kidd Security