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The Birth of a Nation (1915): Articles


Christian Movies: Religious Propaganda Disguised as Mainstream Entertainment?

Christian movies: Starring Nicolas Cage, the widely panned 2014 apocalyptic thriller Left Behind was a box office bomb – unlike (relatively) recent popular “faith movies” such as Heaven Is for Real, Son of God, and War Room. A thought on the New Christian American Cinema: Tired of the blatant propaganda found in 'mainstream' Christian movies Two films that might be called “Christian movies” opened last week, and I decided that I wouldn't watch them, write about them, or review them – at least directly. I'm not even going to mention their titles here because I don't promote propaganda films, and that's what this recent advent of Christian movies has become: propaganda. After all, since nearly all American cinema is Christian […]


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Christian Movies: Religious Propaganda Disguised as Mainstream Entertainment?



American Military Movies Cooperation: Pentagon-Hollywood Romance

From 'The Birth of a Nation' to 'Iron Man': The love affair between Hollywood and the Pentagon (image: Lillian Gish and her Ku Klux Klan saviors in 'The Birth of a Nation') In TomDispatch.com's excellent March 2008 article “The Golden Age of the Military-Entertainment Complex: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Pentagon-Style,” journalist and author Nick Turse (The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives) traces the mutually rewarding – and very close – ties between the American film industry and the American military complex throughout the decades. And there goes Hollywood's reputation as a liberal enclave filled with unpatriotic, treacherous, anti-flagwaving pacifists. As author and professor Tom Engelhardt explains in his introduction to Turse's article, “Hollywood and the Pentagon […]


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American Military Movies Cooperation: Pentagon-Hollywood Romance



D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide

D.W. Griffith Father of Film, controversial figure. To say that the movies wouldn't be what they are today without D.W. Griffith is probably inaccurate. I mean, someone – or “someones” – would have received credit for turning filmmaking into a major art form. Either way, Griffith, a movie director since the early 1900s, was a key player in cinema's maturation, as the movies evolved from the rudimentary “flickers” at the dawn of the 20th century to, well, just about every commercial, narrative effort released in the last century, from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Ben-Hur to The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. D.W. Griffith star maker, controversial figure D.W. Griffith was also an active co-creator of what […]


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D.W. Griffith 'The Birth of a Nation' Director: Q&A with Author Anthony Slide