skip navigation
The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation(1915)

Remind Me

TCMDb Archive MaterialsView all archives (1)

DVDs from TCM Shop

The Birth of a Nation In this silent film, families... MORE > $10.95 Regularly $14.99 Buy Now blu-ray


  • Director D.W. Griffith visualized the whole film in his mind and did not write out a script or keep written notes.
  • Premiered in Los Angeles with the title "The Clansman", after the novel on which it was based.
  • The black characters are played by white actors with make-up.
  • The character of Austin Stoneman is based on Thaddeus Stevens, a representative from Pennsylvania, including the details of his wig and clubfoot.
  • Griffith directed 13 Civil War-based one-reelers before undertaking Birth of a Nation.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute