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18 CINEMONTAGE / WINTER 2015 by Edward Landler "The past is never dead. It's not even past." – William Faulkner O ne century ago, on February 8, 1915, David Wark Griffith's The Birth of a Nation premiered under its original title, The Clansman, at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles. The irony of this premiere's 100th anniversary falling in Black History Month is now magnified by the ongoing brutality exacted upon African-American lives by police. Both Griffith's film and current events underscore the persistent practice of inequality that continues as part of our legacy as a nation. There is no way around Birth's influence on the history of film as an art form or as an industry. Its success ignited the phenomenal growth of the studio system and the proliferation of movie theatres instead of nickelodeons. Hollywood and audiences THIS QUARTER IN FILM HISTORY When the South Rose Again The Birth of a Nation, Photofest.

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