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Intolerance (1916) DVD
Intolerance (1916)

Intolerance (1916)

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Rather than being related chronologically, the four stories are told in parallel fashion, slowly at first, and then with increasing rapidity. The action in the film's final two reels leaps back and forth in time between Babylon, Calvary, 15th centuryFrance, and contemporary California. Described by one historian as "the only film fugue," Intolerance baffled many filmgoers of 1916 -- and, indeed, it is still an exhausting, overwhelming experience, even for audiences accustomed to the split-second cutting and multilayered montage sequences popularized by Sergei Eisenstein, Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, Joel Schumacher, and MTV. On a pure entertainment level, the Babylonian sequences are the most effective, played out against one of the largest, most elaborate exterior sets ever built for a single film. The most memorable character in this sequence is "The Mountain Girl," played by star on the rise Constance Talmadge; when the Babylonian scenes were re-released as a separate feature in 1919, Talmadge'stragic death scene was altered to accommodate a happily-ever-after denouement. Other superb performances are delivered by Mae Marsh and Robert Harron in the Modern Story, and by Eugene Pallette and Margery Wilson in the French Story. Remarkably sophisticated in some scenes, appallingly naïve in others, Intolerance is a mixed bag dramatically, but one cannot deny that it is also a work of cinematic genius. The film did poorly upon its first release, not so much because its continuity was difficult tolow as because it preached a gospel of tolerance and pacifism to a nation preparing to enter World War I. Currently available prints of Intolerance run anywhere from 178 to 208 minutes; while it may be rough sledding at times, it remains essential viewing
Title: Intolerance (1916)
Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
Starring: Alfred Paget, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, Lucille Browne, Tod Browning, Baron Von Ritzau, Count Von Stroheim, Spottiswoode Aitken, Tully Marshall, Mae Marsh
Directors: D.W. Griffith, D. W. Griffith
Studio: Kino Video
Attributes: Black & White, Silent Movie
Release Date: 12/10/2002
Original Year: 1916
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 738329026721
Item #: KOV026721

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