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Feature Film

Classic - Art House - Drama - Silent Movie - History

United States 1916 | 210 Min

Intolerance

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Subtitles in

Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Genre

Classic Art House Drama Silent Movie History

Subjects

st. bartholomew's day massacre babylon bible jesus huguenots america france capitalism

Language

English

Story

Regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the silent era (though it received mixed reviews at the time, the three-and-a-half-hour epic intercuts four parallel storylines, each separated by several centuries: a contemporary melodrama of crime and redemption, a Judean story: Christ's mission and death, a French story: the events surrounding the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, and a Babylonian story: the fall of the Babylonian Empire to Persia in 539 BC. Each story had its own distinctive color tint in the original print, but not in the currently available versions. The scenes are linked by shots of a figure representing Eternal Motherhood, rocking a cradle.

Director

D. W. Griffith

Writer

D. W. Griffith, Hettie Gray Baker, Tod Browning, Anita Loos, Mary H. O'Connor, Frank E. Woods

Cast

Vera Lewis
Ralph Lewis
Mae Marsh
Robert Harron
Constance Talmadge
Lillian Gish
Josephine Crowell
Margery Wilson
Frank Bennett
Elmer Clifton
Miriam Cooper
Alfred Paget

Producers

D. W. Griffith

Cinematographer

Billy Bitzer

Production Designer

D.W. Griffith, Walter L. Hall

Editors

D. W. Griffith, James Smith, Rose Smith

Composer

Joseph Carl Breil, Julián Carrillo, Carl Davis

Musicians