American Racist: The Life and Films of Thomas Dixon by Anthony Slide

By Anthony Slide

" Thomas Dixon has a infamous popularity because the author of the resource fabric for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking and debatable 1915 characteristic movie The beginning of a kingdom. probably unfairly, Dixon has been branded an arch-conservative and a racist enthusiastic about what he considered as "the Negro problem."

As American Racist makes transparent, despite the fact that, Dixon used to be a fancy, multitalented person who, in addition to writing essentially the most renowned novels of the early 20th century, used to be excited about the creation of a few eighteen movies. Dixon used the movie as a propaganda software for his frequently outrageous reviews on race, communism, socialism, and feminism. His such a lot mind-blowing construction, the autumn of a state (1916), argues for American preparedness within the face of warfare and boasts a musical ranking through Victor Herbert, making it the 1st American characteristic movie to have an unique rating through an enormous composer. just like the majority of Dixon's movies, the autumn of a state has been misplaced, yet had it survived, it will probably good have taken its position along The delivery of a state as a masterwork of silent movie. Anthony Slide examines each one of Dixon's motion pictures and discusses the novels from which they have been tailored. Slide chronicles Dixon's transformation from a tremendous supporter of the unique Ku Klux Klan in his early novels to an ardent critic of the trendy Klan in his final movie, state Aflame.

American Racist is the 1st booklet to debate Dixon's paintings outdoor of literature and supply a large evaluate of the existence and profession of this hugely arguable twentieth-century southern populist. Anthony Slide is the writer of diverse books, together with Silent gamers: A Biographical and Autobiographical research of a hundred Silent movie Actors and Actresses.

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