For John, BLUF: Those were different times. Ours are better times. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Trigger Warning: This links to Red Mass Group.
My Father used to say that he hadn't seen a movie since Birth of a Nation. Given his birth date, I am doubtful he saw it as a first run movie. As this blog post points out "'The Birth Of A Nation' Turns One Hundred Years Old This Year". And at the link is an interesting assessment of the film, which "revolutionized the art of making movies".
Regards — Cliff