|Starring:||Douglas Fairbanks, Mae Marsh, Elmo Lincoln, Robert Harron, F.A. Turner, Eugene Pallette, Lillian Gish, Constance Talmadge|
|Collections:||Silence is Golden, Silent Cinema, Silent Classics, The Classic Collection|
|Run time:||2 hours 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Aug 2013|
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What cinema is for.By bobbyperu from Merseyside , 15 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]There is little to say about Intolerance other than...see it. It is one of the most powerful and accomplished artistic acheivements of the twentieth century. Reservations about the narrative of a three-hour silent film (too slow, unsophisticated when viewed by a modern audience, too literal) just fall away as soon as this magnificent film starts. Griffiths has a grasp of the dynamics of film more modern than most films made today, and the breathtaking originality of the premise (four entirely unconnected historical narratives united in telling the trials and tragedies of love in the face of hate) would be considered radical even now. And then there's the scale. Intolerance has battle scenes as impressive and on as grand a scale as anything in Lord Of The Rings or similar modern epics. The recreation of ancient Babylon is probably the most single most impressive thing I have ever seen on film. And I've seen far too many films!
You have to see this. Forget your reservations, this is an absolute masterpiece.
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Essential ViewingBy Aonghas (1 review) , 05 Jul 2011An influential film and essential to understanding the history and development of film.The ending? Romantic?Not in keeping with the portrayal of man as intolerant and selfishly aggressive.
In terms of structure and technical innovation it is a must.Excellent.
An amazing cinematic first...By Sargonix (42 reviews) from Letchworth Garden City , 05 Mar 2011Almost impossible to rate this fairly given its immense age.
The roots of many Hollywood (and wider) blockbusters must be traced from here. The sheer scale of the project attempted i.e. Fall of Babylon is worth it alone.
Greatly ambitious, and good that you can watch each episode on its own. The Babylon bit is my favourite, purely for the vision it took to actually make it.
Not everyone will like it, and not all the parts work as well as each other.
Never the less an absolute visual treat from the very early days of film.
Intolerance Thru The AgesBy a customer from Worthing , 21 Dec 2009I have only seen 'The Birth Of A Nation' at the cinema and 'Broken Blossoms' on DVD from D W Griffith.
'Intolerance' is on the same epic scale as 'The Birth', but it deals with intolerance throught the ages in several episodes, which are broken up and intermingled with each other. There is some similarity in some of these episodes with 'Blossoms'.
The acting is typical of silent cinema and the epic scale of some episodes is worthy of Cecil B DeMille. It's as good a trasfer I would expect from material of this age that has not been subject to a full-scale 'restoration' and in any case it may have been restored already.
It's a very good example of 'the best' of American cinema at the time and is of great historical importance, but I would question how entertaining it would be for a modern viewer with little interest in film history or silent cinema.
IntoleranceBy a customer from West Yorkshire , 07 Jan 2009Amazing black and white silent movie.
AmazingBy mahler (5 reviews) from EDINBURGH , 23 Jul 2008This amazing film should be better known. It charts the rise of religous intolerance throughout the ages by 4 interlinked stories from the fall of Babylon right up to the precursors of the prohibition era. The interlinking works well as after a campaign by the 'uplifters' a gang to cut down alcohol in a a modern city it cuts to Jesus turning wine into water. The fall of Babylon is epic anyway for something different then I would strongly reccomend this film.