DVD - 2006
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Four separate, interwoven stories, unified by the common theme of man's inhumanity to fellow man. The Babylonian story deals with the fall of Babylon in 538 B.C. The Judean story treats the life of Christ. The French story centers on the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572. The modern story is set in an American mill town and the slum area of an American city.
Publisher: Narberth, PA : Alpha Home Entertainment, 2006, c1916.
Edition: Standard format.
Branch Call Number: DVD INTO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (163 min.) : si., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Apr 27, 2017

I can understand and appreciate the innovations D.W. Griffith brought to cinema. However, Intolerance is a colossal flop of a film that in my opinion doesn't make the point of its title. The film is filled with inaccuracy and is totally out of joint. Intolerance is a flop both now and when it was introduced.

Oct 20, 2014

Along with Birth of a Nation, Intolerance is as well an influencial cinema work of Director D. W Griffith and told in an anthology of intermingling stories, which all come together at the film's conclusion. Equally impactful, and a must see for all affectionados of SIlent CInema.

In spite of Intolerance now being 100 years old, it did manage to contain some startling images, like, male lip-to-lip kissing, the smashing of a life-sized statue of the Virgin Mary & child, a nicely executed decapitation scene, and the throwing of a crying baby into a raging fire.

The scenes that featured Jesus Christ doing his "saviour"-thing virtually teetered on the very edge of being downright laughable. Their fairy-tale phoniness reduced them to an almost comic-book level.

I found Intolerance's 3 hour running time to be almost intolerable. The interweaving of 4 stories taken from different points in time turned out to be a terrible idea.

The incredibly massive Babylonian sets completely diminished the whole point of Intolerance's story. But their overwhelming scale did manage to keep things somewhat interesting.

As the story goes, director D.W. Griffith filmed Intolerance in an attempt to redeem himself after severe criticism and public outcry poured in over Birth of a Nation (1915), which put a disproportionate emphasis on the merits of racism.


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