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Rebirth of a Nation (Starz Inside) (2008)

Stien Davis , DJ Spooky  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stien Davis
  • Directors: DJ Spooky
  • Writers: DJ Spooky, Anthony James, Matthew Carpenter
  • Producers: Anthony James, John W. Hyde, Richter Hardig, Stacey Jade Smart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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DJ Spooky's provocative "Remix" of D.W. Griffith's infamous masterpiece. Originally commissioned as a live multimedia performance, Rebirth of a Nation is a 'DJ mix applied to cinema' that challenges our legacy of revisionist history as it deconstructs one of the most influential and inflammatory movies of all time.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Revisionist History Revised For The 21st Century. February 28, 2009
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I recently attended a screening of REBIRTH and came away quite impressed. I was primarily interested to see how it would approach its subject material, D.W. Griffith's controversial silent epic THE BIRTH OF A NATION. I was not familiar with the work of DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller as I am not as up on the contemporary arts scene as I once was. My specialty is films of the silent era and that is why our paths crossed. I am also a fan of the Kronos Quartet who contribute to the film's soundtrack which also piqued my curiosity.
I was expecting something visually avant-garde as the movie was promoted as a DJ mix of the original film material. I was also expecting another hatchet job on BIRTH as that seems to be all that anyone does these days in connection with the film's racist content but Miller has a lot more on his mind. He views BIRTH OF A NATION as nothing less than the beginning of media manipulation in the 20th Century.

The film, which appears to be taken from the George Eastman House print judging from the oversaturation of some of the color tints, is presented in more or less a straightforward matter although in abridged fashion (the original is over 3 hrs long) and with only a few scenes transposed. It opens with the 1930 interview between D. W. Griffith and Walter Huston talking about the film with the focus on Griffith's line "What is truth?". What follows allows us to see the film's virtues in addition to its obvious flaws. Miller is to be commended for presenting the original the way it is. He allows a modern audience to view it which they would normally never do today because of its racist reputation. He then invites us to follow his theories on what it all means for then and now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intellectual Work of Art January 24, 2009
"Rebirth of a Nation" is a remix of the extremely influential and controversial 1915 film "Birth of a Nation" by D.W. Griffith. The film tells the revisionist history of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era in the South and the rise of the KKK, all of this from a white supremacist viewpoint. The images are literally racist propaganda, and was even used as a recruiting tool for the KKK.

Paul Miller, AKA DJ Spooky -- That Subliminal Kid, (who is also a Professor at the European Graduate School) created an amazing, intellectual, thought provoking remix out of D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation". His main premise seems to challenge the viewer to question the films affect on our world today, and specifically, on the power that mass media has in influencing which lens we see the world through.
There's no doubt about it, D.W. Griffith's images are compelling. This is at once disturbing and moving, and Paul Miller's point comes across quite well.

The visual effects are captivating, and entice you to follow the DJ as he deconstructs the images and the stories they tell. The music further aids him in is task. Towards the beginning of the story, the concentration is obviously on the storyline itself, and the music mostly follows the film. Yet as the film progresses, and the white men are shown as heroes and saviors in D.W. Griffith's version, Paul Miller's music "devolves" into a spooky, disjointed melody, exposing its sordid "morals". The film itself is overlain with narration about the storyline, Paul Miller's process, information about the film historically, and references to connections between the film and ongoing problems in our society today.
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Now, while the same effect could be gained from just watching "Birth of a Nation" and making your own judgment, DJ Spooky brings up some very valid points and adds some valuable background information on the film's condonation in Washington and its effects on the subconscious mind of both Black/White America.
I think its definitely worthwhile, not just for students, but for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of the Black hysteria that both predated and outlived the Red Scare of the McCarthy era.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts with a lie and goes downhill from there. January 6, 2014
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This starts with the lie that Woodrow Wilson invited his old friend D. W. Griffith to show THE BIRTH at The Whitehouse. Wilson did not know Griffith from Adam. He did know Thomas Dixon the author of the book and play, THE CLANSMAN, upon which, in part, the film was based. This is claptrap from start to finish.
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