D. W. Griffith - Intolerance

100 Years of D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages

We have another decade to go before the United States turns 250 – and sixty years total before the tercentennial in 2076 – but now, before 2016 comes to an end, we can at last – and certainly not least! – celebrate the 100th Anniversary of one of the earliest epics (and earliest motion pictures…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Glory - American Civil War

The Blue and The Grey: The American Civil War on film

So many films have been made about this long and tragic civil war that I would not attempt to examine them all in one post. However, it is interesting to see how film-makers have dealt with the subject over the more than one hundred year history of cinema. As long ago as 1915, D.W. Griffith…

By Pete Johnson
racism the birth of a nation

A Tale of Two Racisms: ‘Jud Süß’ and Stepin Fetchit

If YouTube had never existed, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see Jud Süß (1940) and the Stepin Fetchit short film Slow Poke (1932). Thankfully, I did, and I’m very grateful. I think everyone should see these movies – with good reason. They’re some of the most offensive pictures ever created, and they’re…

By Simon Hardy Butler

History and the movies: How to avoid telling lies and getting it wrong

I have long held a fascination with the complex and chaotic relationship that cinema has with the representation of history. Since the earliest beginnings of humanity’s attempts at iconographic representation, we have endeavoured to tear the past from the vague and intangible clutches of memory and thrust it into the living present moment. Despite these…

By James Curnow