The Birth of a Nation actually didn't invent those techniques that are attributed to it. They were being used before Griffith. I guess you could say he popularized them, but he genuinely was not the first to do them.Given how groundbreaking her movies were, especially back then, I'd chalk that up to Disney being a proto-film sperg and wanting to meet her
It's weird to think that three of the most influential movies in the entire history of cinema as an artform were all propaganda films for some of the worst people in history.
The Birth of A Nation, Battleship Potemkin, and Triumph of The Will were literal propaganda for the KKK, Bolsheviks, and Nazis respectively and yet even in 2020, movies are using techniques that these movies more or less invented and directors still include the occasional homage to them today.
Triumph of the Will is similarly overrated, if you ask me. It's kind of a slog as a film.
Battleship Potemkin, however, actually works as cinema. It's the only one that you could actually watch.
But I digress... where were we?