The Birth of a Nation: How ugliness changed Toronto’s movie-going landscape

The Birth of a Nation: How ugliness changed Toronto’s movie-going landscape

It’s no secret that D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation is one of the most racist films ever made — a declaration not lost on Toronto audiences when it premiered at the¬† Royal Alexandra Theatre on September 20, 1915. The film, a revisionist account of the American Civil War, the Reconstruction period that followed and the creation of the Ku Klux Klan — all of which vilified the African-American population —¬†played at Bell Lightbox…

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