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Editing and identification

by Kate Fortmueller

This is one of the most famous sequences from The Birth of a Nation. Flora (Mae Marsh) goes into the wood and Gus (Walter Long) follows her. Note how the editing in this sequence attempts to create sympathy for and identification with Flora.

The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Gus and Flora

In this sequence Gus (Walter Long) follows Flora (Mae Marsh) into the woods. Flora is terrified of being raped by a black man and chooses death when she jumps from the cliff.

from The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Creator: D.W. Griffith
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller