Is the Birth of a Nation an “epic failure?”


The next big pop cultural hit on the Lost Cause goes nation-wide today. I’m going to try and see Birth of a Nation on Sunday so that I can post my thoughts about it on Monday. I hope everyone gets a chance to get to the theaters to check it out. In the meantime, there are several stories around the web today about the film, its place in Hollywood’s history of presenting slavery, its gender dynamic weaknesses, and the timing of the film given our current national divide on issues of race.  Reviews have been mixed, with some arguing that Turner comes off as too one dimensional and heroic. A review by Leslie M. Alexander, Professor of African American Studies at Ohio State, labels it an epic fail because of its interpretations and inaccuracies. Not promising! But I’m giving it a shot anyway. I hope you will too.

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