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Rebirth of a Nation (Starz Inside)

3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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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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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DHXSYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rebirth of a Nation (Starz Inside)" on IMDb

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By E. Caldwell on January 24, 2009
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"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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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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DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, launched his film/music/multimedia performance piece "DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation". A live audio/video re-mix of D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation which includes footage from choreographer Bill T. Jones and a score composed by DJ Spooky, "Rebirth of a Nation" was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival, the Festival d'Automne a Paris, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the Vienna Festival.
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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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This remix culture film is a course in itself on the history of race politics in this country (USA) as well as the addition and use of film to further political agendas. By no means the first smear tactic it is most likely the first American film utilized that way. I bought 5 copies to distribute among others including my grandson in hope he never accepts media whitewash and pablum on face value.
This film is somewhat homework but still highly recommended.
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