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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 17 minutes
- Video: Tinted
- Released: November 26, 2002
- Originally Released: 1916
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Film Clips:
- CABIRIA (1914)
- THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (1914)
- "The Fall of Babylon"
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, Elmo Lincoln, Eugene Pallette, Constance Talmadge & Miriam Cooper|
|Directed by||D.W. Griffith|
|Edited by||Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith, Rose Smith & James Smith|
|Screenwriting by||Tod Browning & D.W. Griffith|
|Composition by||Carl Davis, Joseph Carl Breil & D.W. Griffith|
|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."
"What it is in fact is a very sophisticated blockbuster: love, sex, violence, heroism, drama, humour and spectacle beyond belief."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Four separate stories are interwoven: the fall of Babylon, the death of Christ, the massacre of the Huguenots, and a contemporary (early 20th Century) drama -- all crosscut and building with enormous energy to a thrilling chase and finale. Through the juxtaposition of these well-known sagas, Griffith joyously makes clear his markedly deterministic view of history, namely that the suffering of innocents makes possible the salvation of the current generation, symbolized by the boy in the modern love story.
Griffith's concept and execution of Intolerance are awesome, but audiences of 1916 were generally bewildered by his lofty intentions. He aimed too high and spent the rest of his career paying off the large debts that his vision had incurred.
- 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.