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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 24, 2004
- Originally Released: 1916
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Constance Talmadge, Elmo Lincoln, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, Eugene Pallette, Lillian Gish & Erich von Stroheim|
|Directed by||D.W. Griffith|
|Edited by||Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith, Rose Smith & James Smith|
|Screenwriting by||D.W. Griffith & Tod Browning|
|Composition by||D.W. Griffith, Carl Davis & Joseph Carl Breil|
|Cinematography by||Karl Brown & G.W. Bitzer|
|Produced by||D.W. Griffith|
"...There has never been a movie quite like INTOLERANCE, and few, if any, have been so influential..."
"...Here Griffith's remarkable editing scheme takes the film into virtually abstract realms, making it also a large-scale meditation on the nature of cinematic space and narrative construction..."
"...[With] miraculous cinematography, and charismatic performances..."
5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is monumental cinema and essential viewing for true film enthusiasts."
Description by OLDIES.com:
After the swarm of controversy that Griffith experienced with The Birth of a Nation (1915), he used Intolerance to defensively answer his critics. At two million dollars, it was the most expensive film of its time; the outdoor set for the Babylon sequences was the largest ever created for a Hollywood picture, featuring a crowd of 16,000 extras. The nonlinear, cross-cutting narrative was among the many novel techniques that would influence the art of filmmaking for generations to come.
- Theatrical release: September 5, 1916.
- INTOLERANCE was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
- INTOLERANCE was released two years after THE BIRTH OF A NATION, and is widely regarded as director D.W. Griffith's protest and self-defense against the charges of racism leveled at him for BIRTH's glorification of the Ku Klux Klan.
- Among the dancers in the Babylonian sequence was the young Martha Graham, performing at the time with modern dance choreographer Ruth St. Denis's company.
- As was the case with THE BIRTH OF A NATION, Griffith continued to tinker with the finished product during the following years, cutting out scenes and re-editing. But in 1989, Gillian B. Anderson and Peter Williamson created a reconstructed version using all available footage as well as still photographs to substitute for missing sequences; this restoration gave a better sense of what the original print might have been like. This version was shown at the New York Film Festival on October 29, 1989.
- The film was very costly and not terribly successful at the time; Griffith chose to reedit the individual stories into shorts and also release them separately.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 24 ratings.
It's hard to look back at a movie like this and judge how it looked to the original audience. Knowing that they didn't flock to see it, I can only guess that it may have been too ambitious of a work for it's time. Mixing four stories into one movie, going back and forth from one story line to another throughout, may have been too much of a strain on the movie-goers of 1915. I know it was too much for me. I had a similar difficulty with "Pulp Fiction", which in retrospect looks like a variation on the theme. At least I now know where the idea came from.
A documentary film done in 1975 called "The Moving Picture Boys In the Great War" points to "Intolerance" as an example of the American movie industry's support for the pacifist policies of the Wilson Administration prior to April 1917. But that support quickly gave way to war enthusiasm once war was declared on Germany. It's hard for me to tell if "Intolerance" was truly cutting edge, or just a clever way of trying to play to the tastes of the times.
INTOLERANCE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHEIVEMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE SILENT CINIMA. I HAVE ONLY ONE COMPLAINT OF THE ALPHA VIDEO VERSION OF THIS FILE: THE PICTURE QUAILTY IS NOT AS GOOD AS THE HIGHER PRICED VERSION, BUT ALL IN ALL IT IS A TRUE CLASSIC AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALPHA VIDEO FOR MAKING THESE CLASSICS AVAILABLE AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE, AND I HOPE THEY WILL BE ADDING MORE TITLES FROM THE SILENT ERA IN THE FUTURE.
What can I say about DW Griffith? He was a genius and truly a great movie maker. This silent epic weaves 4 stories together under the theme of mankind's inhumanity to man -- and Griffith isn't afraid to let you know what he thinks. Ignore the bigotry of his personal beliefs, the film is a treasury of every type of movie making basics from the long crane shots to the close up. Imagine making Cinema in 1916 when no one has ever done it! Invest the few bucks and put this in your library.
- Sales Rank: 5,974
- UPC: 089218428790
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