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Intolerance


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  Intolerance Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
9.31 /10
 
Starring
Mae Marsh, Lillian Gish, Constance Talmadge
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Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Written by: D.W. Griffith

 
 
 
Released: 1916
   
Genre: DRAMA
IMPORTANT
SILENT
COSTUME
CONTROVERSIAL
EPIC
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 115
 
 


 
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"A pictorial epileptic fit."
(Anonymous critic)
"Hard to follow." (Variety)
“The settings of ancient Babylon, wonderfully spectacular though they be, are a very grave travesty of good taste and understanding. I am convinced Babylon never looked like that.”
(Daily Mail, 1922)
"To crosscut, as Griffith did, from the Siege of Babylon and/or the Massacre of the Huguenots to a speeding train pursued by motorists trying to secure a last-minute pardon from the governor was neither relative nor ironic - it was just damned silly! From Intolerance, which is simply the most egregious of his presentations, we can define D.W. Griffith as a Hollywood Faustus who, with no philosophy and no ideas, with bad taste and a middle-class apprehension of history, nonetheless established a magical point of departure, not only for the puerile Cecil B. DeMilles who have followed in his piously florid steps, but also for whatever newly equipped visionaries are now fighting, with batallions of experts in their laboratories and on their sets."
(Vernon Young, film historian)

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