Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Councilmanic Movie Critics and the Civil War

How Richmonders have viewed the events of the Civil War and its aftermath has always been complicated; we're still not sure what to call the conflict that began 150 years ago. Hey, we're still arguing over the value of silent movies about that time:
While the movie’s history is woefully twisted, since its release in 1915 "The Birth of a Nation," directed by D.W. Griffith, has evolved into an important historical document itself. It was America‘s first widely distributed feature length motion picture. Sadly, in its initial release many viewers swallowed its glorification of the KKK as genuine history. Now it stands as powerful evidence of how utterly determined some people were at that time to avert their eyes from the truth.
Click here to read my latest effort at Richmond.com, "Fresh Looks at Familiar History."

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