Rebirth of a Nation (Starz Inside)
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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.Read more ›
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.
This film is somewhat homework but still highly recommended.
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Worth watching if you want to understand a critical moment--100 years ago--in the race consciousness of the United States. Read morePublished 13 months ago by HeavyScissors
I was hoping this remake would go beyond the obvious insights (North vs. South, Black and White) and offer something original. Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Betsy A. Murphy