The Fall of a Nation
|The Fall of a Nation|
|Directed by||Thomas Dixon, Jr.|
|Written by||Thomas Dixon, Jr. (novel and screenplay)|
|Music by||Victor Herbert|
|Running time||7-8 reels|
The Fall of a Nation (1916) is an American silent drama film directed by Thomas Dixon, Jr., and is a sequel to the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith. Dixon, Jr. attempted to cash in on the success of the controversial first film. The Fall of a Nation is considered to be the first ever film sequel. Based upon The Fall of a Nation, written by the director, the film is now considered lost.
America is unprepared for an attack by the "European Confederated Army", a European army headed by Germany. The army invades America and executes children and war veterans. However, America is saved by a pro-war Congressman who raises an army to defeat the invaders with the support of a suffragette. According to the Internet Movie Database, the film is split into three sections: "A nation falls", "The heel of the conqueror" and "The uprising two years later".
- Lorraine Huling - Virginia Holland
- Percy Standing - Charles Waldron
- Arthur Shirley - John Vassar
- Flora Macdonald - Angela Benda
- Paul Willis - Billy
- Phil Gastrock - Thomas (as Philip Gastrock)
- Clarence Geldart - General Arnold (as C.H. Geld)
The film had a musical score produced by Victor Herbert. The Encyclopædia Britannica states that "this is probably the first original symphonic score composed for a feature film". An earlier music score was composed by Camille Saint-Saëns for the short (15-minute) film The Assassination of the Duke of Guise (1908).
Reception and aftermath
- Stokes, Melvyn. D.W. Griffith's the Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time. Oxford University Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-19-533678-8.
- Williams, Gregory Paul. The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History. p. 87.
- Anthony Slide (2004). "American Racist: The Life and Films of Thomas Dixon (review)". Project MUSE. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
- Fall of a Nation at AllMovie.
- "AMERICA IS INVADED AGAIN IN THE FILMS; "The Fall of a Nation"Another S... - Article Preview - The". The New York Times. 1916-06-07. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- "The Fall of a Nation (film) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- Slide, Anthony (2004). American Racist: The Life and Films of Thomas Dixon. University Press of Kentucky. p. 102. ISBN 0-8131-2328-3.