June 15, 2003
In "Visual Cues From the Silent Era" (June 8), Emanuel Levy refers to D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" as a "seminal epic" but doesn't mention that it was a paean to the Ku Klux Klan. Omission of the film's function as racist propaganda is particularly glaring in light of Levy's brief comments about Griffith's "naive philosophy" and the "moral and religious ambitions" of his filmmaking. Jonathan Rotter Los Angeles
October 27, 1996 |
A valentine from the Taviani Brothers--modern masters of Italian film neo-realism--to the silent American cinema--and the epic genius of D.W. Griffith (deftly played by Charles Dance, pictured). The story focuses on two Italian emigre church-builders (Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida) hired to make the elephants for the Babylon set of "Intolerance." (Bravo Saturday at 2 p.m.).