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Genre: Silent Epic
Photography: Billy Bitzer
Running Time: 210 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 5, 1916
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Written by: D. W. Griffith
Distributed by: Triangle Distributing Corporation
Starring: Vera Lewis
Ralph Lewis
Mae Marsh
Robert Harron
Constance Talmadge
Lillian Gish
Josephine Crowell
Margery Wilson
Frank Bennett
Elmer Clifton
Miriam Cooper
Alfred Paget

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

  1. Four well-written stories that link to each other, and lead up to a dramatic climax.
    1. The Modern Story
    2. The Judaean Story
    3. The French Story
    4. The Babylonian Story
  2. 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.
  3. Great actors and likable characters including:
    1. Lillian Gish as The Eternal Motherhood- the woman rocking the cradle endlessly
    2. Constance Talmadge as The Mountain Girl (Babylonian)- a very early film example of an action girl.
    3. Mae Marsh as The Little Dear One (Modern)- a fun loving child
    4. Robert Harron as The Boy (Modern)
    5. Eugene Pallette as Latour (French)
    6. Margery Wilson as Brown Eyes (French)
  4. For the Babylonian story, the set used for the story was very large, and detailed for their time.
  5. It's one of the most expensive films Griffith ever created.

Bad Qualities

  1. The film can be very confusing at certain points, even for people used to sudden scene shifts.


The original movie posters

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