The Birth of a Nation (1915)
A fictional and highly romanticized depiction of the Ku Klux Klan. The use of heroic, robed figures was widely imitated in later films, notably A Mormon Maid (1917) and Heart o' the Hills (1919).
The pointed cowl and white robes were not only worn by Kluxers but by members of any number of Mardi Gras fraternities as well as secular and religious groups.
The Birth of a Nation (1915) Directed by D. W. Griffith, written by Thomas F. Dixon Jr. (novel / play). Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long, Robert Harron, Wallace Reid, Joseph Henabery, Elmer Clifton, Josephine Crowell, Spottiswoode Aitken, George Beranger. 187 min. USA. Black and White, Silent.|