Treadmill Theater: Trudging Through the Classics #6 - The Birth of a Nation (part 1) - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
Treadmill Theater: Trudging Through the Classics #6 - The Birth of a Nation (part 1)|
So far, the movie is a dramatization of one family with some folk on the side of The North, and some folk on the side of The South.
No clansmen yet, aside from a credit in the beginning, saying that the movie is based on a book titled "The Clansmen".
Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh are pretty hot stuff. If you're into silent movie stars.
There's still nearly 2 hours to go on this movie. Maybe I'll push through it tomorrow, just to get it over with.
BOAN is another one of those that is Important, yet even less likely to strike us as impressive. From what I understand, BOAN is basically the first time a movie looked like a movie the way we know and understand them now, as opposed to looking like someone stuck a camera in front of a stage where someone was putting on a play. And BOAN is also the first time that anyone dared try to hold someone's attention to a screen for so long -- what we now know as feature-length.
We watch it now and go “so what”, and it isn't obvious to us that here, for the first time ever, is A Feature-Length Movie... which is why it was so frickin Important.
And yes, Gish and Marsh are silently hot.
One thing that I found - interesting, I guess, about BoaN so far, is that it really feels like a picture book. I've read some of the Sherlock Holmes stories, reproduced from the Strand magazine, with the original artwork and the quaint captions. "A peculiar looking old woman" and so on. It really feels like I'm seeing a bunch of very staged vignettes that, when strung together, make a story, rather than watching a story itself.
A little bit like trying to carry on a conversation with someone on a carousel, while you sit on a bench beside the ride. Andthenthecousinsshookhands ... Andtheonecousinlookedatthepictureoftheothercousin'ssister ... andthenthehousewasattacked ...
This Lillian Gish isn't related to Annabeth ("Agent Monica Reyes") Gish. Ah, well.