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7.8
/10
998 Ratings

Intolerance

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Directed by D.W. Griffith
United States, 1916
Drama, Romance, Silent

Synopsis

The theme of Intolerance is the emotional basis of history – or more specifically, intolerance is the cause of wars and is a prime mover of the World in all ages.

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Intolerance Directed by D.W. Griffith
With its haphazard plotting and the failure of its stories to come together thematically, Griffith’s film decidedly fails as a political argument. And yet, Intolerance is nevertheless magnificent, the cinema’s first masterpiece of lunatic ambition.
September 05, 2016
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Together, all of it is at least one of cinema’s great vexations, an astonishing and Herculean visual achievement cursed in various amplitudes by auteurism, guilt, memories of bigotry, evolving norms, and the power of cinema itself.
May 09, 2014
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The plunging and roving camera provides visceral thrills; ecstatic special effects capture the sacred (the Crucifixion) and the profane (combat in the Great War); a metaphysical framing device (starring Lillian Gish) raises human conflict to universal import; and Griffith’s trademark closeups lend a quivering lip or a trembling hand the tragic grandeur of historical cataclysm.
May 05, 2014
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