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Intolerance is a 1916 silent film created by D.W. Griffith and a milestone in film history. The film was made in response of The Birth of a Nation, to talk about social justice.
Why It Rocks
- Four well-written stories that link to each other, and lead up to a dramatic climax.
- The Modern Story
- The Judaean Story
- The French Story
- The Babylonian Story
- The recurring scene of the Eternal Motherhood rocking a cradle, which links the scenes together and represents the human race of life and death. Plus it's one of the most iconic scenes in the movie.
- Great actors and likable characters including:
- Lillian Gish as The Eternal Motherhood- the woman rocking the cradle endlessly
- Constance Talmadge as The Mountain Girl (Babylonian)- a very early film example of an action girl.
- Mae Marsh as The Little Dear One (Modern)- a fun loving child
- Robert Harron as The Boy (Modern)
- Eugene Pallette as Latour (French)
- Margery Wilson as Brown Eyes (French)
- For the Babylonian story, the set used for the story was very large, and detailed for their time.
- It's one of the most expensive films Griffith ever created.
- The film can be very confusing at certain points, even for people used to sudden scene shifts.