Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Live From Santa Monica” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Nate Parker and D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation films, and the hosts’ favorite Hollywood movies.

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This week on Slate Plus, Julia, Dana, and Karina answer questions from the audience live at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics tackle the controversy surrounding Birth of a Nation director, Nate Parker, and the allegations of rape made against him in 1999. Parker’s film was met with rapturous applause at Sundance, but has also raised the question: Should Parker’s history overshadow his filmmaking, or should Birth of a Nation stand alone? Next, You Must Remember This’ Karina Longworth joins to discuss D.W. Griffith’s very old, very racist, and very cinematically influential film, also titled Birth of a Nation, made in 1915. Does such a problematic movie merit a place in the film canon? Last, in tune with our Hollywood-themed show, the Gabfesters choose their favorite Hollywood movies about Hollywood.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements

Dana: Louise Brooks’ essay “Humphrey and Bogey”

Karina: Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan and Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins

Julia: The Simpsons episode “The Town

Outro: “Let Me Back In” by Rilo Kiley

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