D.W. Griffith

Fifty years ago, a movie like "Get Out" couldn't have existed. But does this really mean progress?
It's somewhat disconcerting that Nate Parker chose to name his film after D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), since
This semester, I taught a repugnant movie. On purpose.
Doesn't an African American artist deserve the same chance for rehabilitation that was extended to a white one? I have no easy solution, just questions and an old memory of vulnerability.
We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."
The first major box office hit charged a staggering $2 admission and reached 50 million people before sound films appeared in 1927. Its millions in profits built Hollywood. Beyond profits, it aimed to educate the public in the values of white supremacy.
The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.
When he found the story of a little-known but highly successful black filmmaker from the 1920s, music producer Bayer Mack knew he had to correct history. Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood is the result of Mack's work. The film tells an important story and places race relations and black history.
Though rare, the incident is far from the only case of large appliances being used to attack film directors.
An enormous star of the Silent Screen, Wallace Reid or, "Wally," as he was affectionately called, isn't talked about much
As Trayvon Martin's death comes back into the national consciousness, we should be mindful of the devastating potential of centuries of brainwashing, especially when combined with gun violence.
[via TheRoot.com] Tarantino said that he wrote a big, unfinished piece about "The Birth of a Nation," which was based on
The Birth of a Nation provides the key to explaining both the rise of the Tea Party and the totally irrational hatred that a substantial fraction of Americans holds for President Obama.
Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.
Pop quiz: Who was at the beginning of the film industry? D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. De Mille, and Alice Guy Blache immediately spring to mind, right? Yes! Wait, what? Who?
Fuel up with free food truck fare in honor of Sprint's 4G launch, sit in on an author's signing with Christian Lander (of
From a branding perspective, is this really how the Republican Party wants to be defined? Hate speech -- true hate speech -- should never be tolerated in any form.
In a host of movies, the train has served as a microcosm of modern society, and the individual's potential risk and conflict within it.