Intolerance

  • Directed by D.W. Griffith
  • United States, 1916, 170 mins., English

Made the year after his controversial The Birth of a Nation as an answer his critics, Griffith’s epic Intolerance remains a masterpiece a century later, still regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Flashbacks, close-ups, fade-ins and outs, screen masking, back lighting, parallel editing, and other Griffith trademarks in a revolutionary cinematic vocabulary are employed in presenting four narratives stretching from biblical to modern times. The single flowing drama, weaving themes of intolerance, man’s inhumanity to man, hypocrisy, bigotry, religious hatred, persecution, discrimination, and injustice, has timeless resonance.

Appears in: Special Screenings

Genres: Cinema Classic