Intolerance (Restored Edition)*

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Intolerance (Restored Edition)*

  • 1916 ----- color ----- 177 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by D. W. Griffith, screenplay by D. W. Griffith and Tod Browning; with Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Miriam Cooper, Walter Long, Ralph Lewis, Howard Gaye, Olga Grey, Mildred Harris, Joseph Henabery, Lloyd Ingraham, Lillian Langdon, Vera Lewis, Elmo Lincoln, Bessie Love, Tully Marshall, Margery Wilson, Eugene Pallette, Constance Talmadge, Seena Owen, Alfred Paget and a cast of thousands) D. W. Griffith's epic celebration of the potentialities of the film medium--perhaps the greatest movie ever made and the greatest folly in movie history. It is charged with visionary excitement about the power of movies to combine music, dance, narrative, drama, painting, and photography--to do alone what all the other arts together had done. It combines extraordinary lyric passages, realism, and psychological details with nonsense, vulgarity, and painful sentimentality.--Pauline Kael. Intolerance and its terrible effects are examined in four historical eras, with Lillian Gish as the Woman Who Rocks the Cradle as the linking device. In ancient Babylon, a mountain girl is caught up in the religious rivalry that leads to the city's downfall. In Judea, the hypocritical Pharisees condemn Jesus Christ. In 1572 Paris, unaware of the impending St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, two young Huguenots prepare for marriage. Finally in 1900 America, social reformers destroy the lives of a young woman and her beloved. (Tinted with a musical soundtrack) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Features, Motion Pictures: History, Sociology)