Left Speechless

         Throughout the semester we watched lots of movies that held my attention. On the other hand, some were so horrible and I did not understand why we were giving them a chance. I am usually pretty open to all sorts of movies, but when a movie does not have sound or color, that is no enjoyable.

         The first movie we watched was The Birth of a Nation, which was directed in 1915 by D. W. Griffith. Although this movie gave a great history lesson it left me bored to tears. It seemed to me a bunch of random war footage was put together and called a movie. It is said this movie was very influential to cinematography history, but I just do not understand how it could be. One thing I did learn from this movie day was that the Klu Klux Klan had an important impact. In Griffith’s movie Intolerance (1916) which seemed to follow The Birth of a Nation showed the feuding between blacks and whites. Until this movie I did not realize in some towns that blacks were dominant over whites: torturing whites and stealing women. The Klu Klux Klan in this movie seemed to be more heroes. I always had the perception that in the past the Klu Klux Klan terrorized and did awful things. I believe they did horrible things later on, but for a time they seemed to want to protect their families and be safe.

         The movie that was most valuable to me was Bonnie and Clyde directed by Arthur Penn 1967. I had heard bits and pieces about the famous duo; but, until watching the movie, I did not realize what tone they had set in American History. I was fascinated by their relationship the entire time while watching the movie. I thought while watching the movie, that it is hard not to like them. They were personable, nice, and good looking: what is not to love? I forget all the horrible crimes they committed on their road to fame.

         I really enjoyed this movie, unlike The Birth of a Nation and think Bonnie and Clyde was beneficial to me in really understanding the history of the cinema.

Jaclyn Ramage

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