The Birth of a Nation

Continuity mistake: In the sequence entitled "Their State flag. The spirit of the South". When Ben Cameron enters the room and picks up his little sister, he is wearing his saber. When he then carries her across the room and shows her the flag, his saber is missing. (00:28:30)

Richard Lannom
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Continuity mistake: During the war, one of the "chums" gets shot. He starts to convulse and flail all over the place. However, in the next shot he is suddenly still, and starts to convulse once again. (00:42:10)

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Continuity mistake: Right in the beginning, we see a small black child in court. In the close-up of him, we see that he is near the back of the courtroom. However, the camera then cuts to a different angle and suddenly he is at the front of the courtroom, taking his seat.

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Continuity mistake: A man gets killed and lies dead on the porch of a commoner. He is there during several subsequent shots, and he constantly changes position from shot to shot. (02:22:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the sequence entitled "A mother's gift to the cause, three sons off for the war". During the scenes in the house where the women are bidding farewell to the departing soldiers, the officers' sabers are on their left sides, as they should be. But, when Ben Cameron takes his leave of his family on the porch, the film has been flipped so that his saber appears to be on his right side. This flipped film continues as he mounts his horse from the right side (rather than the left, which is customary), draws his saber with his left hand, places it against his left shoulder, and rides away with the troops, all of whom appear to have their sabers in their left hands with their scabbards on their right hips. As the infantry passes by, the film is still flipped as the soldiers have their muskets on their left shoulders, and their bedrolls on their right shoulders; whereas, we had seen the same column of troops earlier with the equipment reversed, i.e., muskets on right shoulders and bedrolls on left shoulders. (00:29:15)

Richard Lannom
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Continuity mistake: On the food train, the close-up and far-away shots vary greatly as to types and quantities of food. (00:49:40)

Continuity mistake: Right in the beginning, we see a small black child in court. In the close-up of him, we see that he is near the back of the courtroom. However, the camera then cuts to a different angle and suddenly he is at the front of the courtroom, taking his seat.

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Trivia: It has been reported that the positive depiction of the Klu Klux Klan in the film was responsible for its rebirth in 1915. Unlike the Klan that existed during Reconstruction (which is mostly anti-black and anti-Northern), the "Second Klan" (which survives today) is white supremist, anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic, and anti-homosexual.

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