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In that paper I will try to compare two films which are A Birth of a Nation directed by DWGriffith and The Bicycle Thieves directed by De Sica After giving the story of the films I will try to explain their technical features and their similarities A Birth of a Nation by D W Griffith Griffith can be seen as the first modern director his greatest achievements being the historical epics The Birth Of A Nation When it was released it was one of the longest films ever made over three hours in length The prologue depicts the introduction of slavery to America in the seventeenth century and the beginnings of the abolitionist movement The major part of the film depicts the events before during and after the Civil War It focuses on the exploitation of the newly-freed Negroes and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the south Griffith shows it as a drama a romance and a documentary with the vivid period reconstruction outweighing the personal stories The title of the film is an interesting one It is unknown whether the title refers to the birth of the reunited states or the birth of the Ku Klux Klan I tend to think that the film has a double meaning In showing the Ku Klux Klan as good guys it is obvious that Griffith was trying to show their birth as a positive event for the United States Also he was showing that the US was once again reunited after the war leading to the strengthening of the nation It forebodes the future when the South and the blacks living there are kept in check by the Ku Klux Klan making the US that much greater Though it would be better to ignore this notion of the birth of the Ku Klux Klan it cannot be due to the films content although the film does show a truly united
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