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- Filmed introduction by Orson Welles
- Excerpts from Cabiria (1914) and The Last Days of Pompeii (1914)
- Text excerpts from "Away with Meddlers: A Declaration of Independence" and "The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America," two pamphlets published by D.W. Griffith at the time of Intolerance's release
- Excerpt of The Fall of Babylon (1916), which offers an alternate (happy) ending to the Babylonian sequence
- About the score
Top Customer Reviews
After watching it, I have a whole new appreciation for D.W. Griffith. Yes, I was able to tell the characters apart, and yes, I was able to keep up with all the storylines. This film was a giant leap forward in filmmaking from Griffith's previous film, "The Birth of a Nation." The most impressive story of the film is the fall of Babylon. The sets were magnificent, and the battle scenes were spectacular. Constance Talmadge was wonderful as the Mountain Girl. The modern story was entertaining and moving. The French and Judean stories were very underdeveloped, but that really didn't bother me.
Anyone with an interest in silent movies or film history must see this film.
What is Intolerance really a metaphor for anyway? Griffith was fighting off attempts by legislators to regulate or censor the motion picture industry. An anti-censorship booklet released by Griffith in 1916 suggests he continued to respond to "moral reformers" even as he assembled Intolerance. In fact, his film is an attempt to address these reformers while simultaneously opining on nothing less than the historic importance of the film media itself.
Intolerance is really about a nation's cultural memory and Griffith's attempt to offer a totalizing, yet entertaining version of it. His belief that if we were educated on the subject of past "sins of hate, hypocrisy and intolerance" through the magic of film that we could inoculate ourselves against war, capital punishment and other evils. He argued that film was a better education than traditional education. To quote the master: "Six moving pictures would give students more knowledge of the world than they have obtained from their entire study." Such an understanding is, of course, naïve and dangerous.
Griffith was caught in a double-bind.Read more ›
If youve never seen Intolerance then please, please, watch the Kino version or none at all. This is the most complete version that history will ever allow us to see and how Griffith must have intended his 1916 audiences to view. The restoration itself is a work of art, the film speed has been adjusted to reproduce more natural human movement and the frames are all corrected so you won't see any scenes split in half with the bottom half at the top of your screen and top half at the bottom, the film runs 3 ½ hours.
Intolerance is NOT in black & white, it is in color, or rather tints, restored in dozens and dozens of shades that enhance the mood of each scene. The Dolby stereo score played with full orchestra matches the mood and dramatic action as well, they even dropped in some period instruments and sound effects that would have been heard in that period of history the story is taking place, (enjoy the full dimension of sounds made for this film by having your bass speakers turned on).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me, becoming acquainted with Griffiths' work was, overnight, a stink bomb affair.
I'm referring to his first major silent film, BIRTH OF A NATION, which
was so racist... Read more
We are so used to interwoven story lines, and excellent film editing, so I was amazed to see how intricately the stories were done in this film. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jenelle Hardin
Another masterpiece by D. W. Griffith. He put Hollywood on the world stage. You have to look at his films with an open mind. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rene Krammer
One of my all-time favorites and made better by the remarkable music of Carl Davis. AAA+++Published 8 months ago by erich kaiser
Seeing "Intolerance" free on Amazon Prime almost made the annual fee worth it. If you a history fan, a silent movie fan; this is a must see movie! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jack Hawkins
This is not the movie that was reviewed on the page from which I ordered it. It is not the movie in which Ms. Gish plays a battered child. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Busy Guy in Peachtree City
The movie is phenomenal, far ahead of its time, and Griffith's techniques were copied and used by others for years. It's a shame it cost so much and did not show a profit. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ragtime Bill
Although there were some interesting sequences, it was too preachy and I disagreed with the political stance it was pushing. Got so bored I didn't watch it to the end.Published on September 20, 2013 by Kerwin L. Schaefer