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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics tackle the controversy surrounding Birth of a Nation director, Nate Parker, and the allegations of rape made against him in 1999. Parker’s film was met with rapturous applause at Sundance, but has also raised the question: Should Parker’s history overshadow his filmmaking, or should Birth of a Nation stand alone? Next, You Must Remember This’ Karina Longworth joins to discuss D.W. Griffith’s very old, very racist, and very cinematically influential film, also titled Birth of a Nation, made in 1915. Does such a problematic movie merit a place in the film canon? Last, in tune with our Hollywood-themed show, the Gabfesters choose their favorite Hollywood movies about Hollywood.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Karina’s podcast, You Must Remember This
- Dana’s review of Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation in Slate
- Variety’s 1915 review of D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation
- Birth of a Nation (1915), also available on YouTube
- La La Land trailer
- Dana’s favorite clip from In A Lonely Place
- Karina’s favorite clip from A Star is Born
- Julia’s favorite clip from Singin’ in the Rain
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Dana: Louise Brooks’ essay “Humphrey and Bogey”
Julia: The Simpsons episode “The Town”
Outro: “Let Me Back In” by Rilo Kiley
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