Robert Harron in The Birth of a Nation 1915 001 

   Robert Harron


Directed by               D. W. Griffith
Produced by             D. W. Griffith
Scenario by               D.W. Griffith and Frank E. Woods       
Starring                     Henry B. Walthall, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, Miriam Cooper,  Lillian Gish, Wallace Reid and many others
Cinematography       Billy Bitzer
Editing by                  James Smith and D.W. Griffith
Distributed by           Epoch Producing Corporation
Release date               March 21, 1915
Running time             91 min. (part I)
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles

"The Birth of a Nation" is a historical drama, included in our program to illustrate the work of two of our stars: actor Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer.


"The Birth of a Nation" is a controversial Civil War drama.

Part I of the film includes the acting performance of our star Robert Harron. It concludes with the assassination of President Lincoln.

Part II - Reconstruction - does not include any scenes with Robert Harron. It shows the rise of the KKK and portrays the whole African-American race as evil, vicious and intolerant.

We have decided to show only Part I of the film to pay tribute to the contributions of Robert Harron.  The whole movie is abundantly available on the internet for those viewers that are interested.



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Henry Walthall and Lillian Gish in The Birth of a Nation 1915 04

   Henry Walthall and Lillian Gish