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Date Sold 1/1/1993
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A 1921 Re-Release Vintage Theatrical Movie Lobby Card (Learn More)

D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (also released in some parts of the U.S. as "The Clansman", although not solely in the South as one might think), the classic historic 1915 D.W. Griffith silent Civil War birth-of-the-Ku-Klux-Klan historical action adventure melodrama ("The supreme picture of all time."; "Mightiest spectacle ever produced"; "D.W. Griffith's stupendous motion picture production of Thomas Dixon's famous story 'The Clansman'"; "Employing the services of 18,000 people accompanied by the symphony orchestra of 40"; "Founded on Thomas Dixon's story 'The Clansman'"; made just 50 years after the end of the Civil War, it begins with Lincoln's assassination, and shows the devastation of the South afterwards, and portrays the forming of the Ku Klux Klan as the only way for Southerners to fight back against the carpetbaggers from the North!) starring Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall (distinguished silent actor best remembered as the star of this film), Elmo Lincoln, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Joseph Henabery (as President Abraham Lincoln), Donald Crisp (as General Grant), Howard Gaye (as General Lee), and Raoul Walsh (as John Wilkes Booth). Note that this movie was very controversial for its sympathetic portrayal of white southerners and its stereotypical portrayal of black African Americans, but no one can deny it was the first great movie, and is a major landmark in American cinema. Prior to the release of this movie, almost all movie theaters showed a series of one-reel shorts, and charged 5 cents admission. D.W. Griffith charged $2 admission to see this single feature-length movie, and it was a huge success, which convinced all other filmmakers to begin making feature films as well.
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Important Added Info: Note that we believe this lobby card to be from the 1921 re-release of this most classic movie. There were no lobby cards at all when this movie was first released in 1915. There are two different sets of cards that have surfaced that predate the 1930 "sound" re-release (they are very unusual in that they have border art of a naked lady with a bare breast exposed, who is draped in the American flag and has broken shackles on her wrists). They both look identical EXCEPT one set has three colors, and the other has two colors. My opinion is that the "three color" set is from the 1921 re-release (which would make them the first lobby cards created for the movie), and that the "two color" set is from a later 1920s re-release. The card offered here is from the "three color" set. If anyone knows more about this, please e-mail us and we will post it here.

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