Friday, May 18, 2012

Intolerance


Intolerance

#49 on the 2007 AFI Best 100 Movies List

Intolerance is a 1916 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith and is considered one of the great masterpieces of the Silent Era. The three-and-a-half hour epic intercuts four parallel storylines each separated by several centuries: (1) A contemporary melodrama of crime and redemption; (2) a Judean story: Christ’s mission and death; (3) a French story: the events surrounding the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572; and (4) a Babylonian story: the fall of the Babylonian Empire to Persia in 539 BC.

Intolerance was made partly in response to criticism of Griffith's previous film, The Birth of a Nation (1915), which was attacked by the NAACP and other groups as perpetuating racial stereotypes and glorifying the Ku Klux Klan

* Lillian Gish ... Eternal Motherhood
* Vera Lewis ... Mary T. Jenkins
* Mae Marsh ... The Dear One
* Fred Turner ... The Dear One's father, a worker at the Jenkins Mill
* Robert Harron ... The Boy
* Erich von Stroheim ... A Pharisee
* G√ľnther von Ritzau ... A Pharisee
* Frank Bennett ... King Charles IX of France
* Maxfield Stanley ... Monsieur La France, Duc d'Anjou, Charles' younger brother
* Josephine Crowell ... Catherine de Medici, the Queen-mother
* Joseph Henabery ... Admiral Coligny
* Constance Talmadge ... Marguerite of Valois
* W.E. Lawrence ... Henry of Navarre
* Margery Wilson ... Brown Eyes
* Eugene Pallette ... Prosper Latour
* A.D. Sears ... A Mercenary
* Sam de Grasse ... Mr. Jenkins, mill boss
* Constance Talmadge ... The Mountain Girl (second role in film)
* Elmer Clifton ... The Rhapsode, a warrior-singer
* Tully Marshall ... High Priest of Bel-Marduk
* The Ruth St. Denis Dancers[5] ... Dancing girls
* Alfred Paget ... Prince Belshazzar
* Carl Stockdale ... King Nabonidus, father of Belshazzar
* Elmo Lincoln ... The Mighty Man of Valor, guard to Belshazzar
* Seena Owen ... The Princess Beloved, favorite of Belshazzar
* Arthur Meyer ... The Mountain Girl's brother
* Lawrence Lawlor ... Judge (Babylonian Story)
* Miriam Cooper ... The Friendless One, former neighbor of the Boy and Dear One
* Walter Long ... Musketeer of the Slums
* Martin Landry ... Auctioneer
* Bessie Love ... The Bride
* George Walsh ... The Bridegroom
* Howard Gaye ... The Nazarene
* Lillian Langdon ... Mary, the Mother
* Ruth Handford ... Brown Eyes' mother
* Spottiswoode Aitken ... Brown Eyes' father
* George Siegmann ... Cyrus the Great
* Max Davidson, tenement neighbor of Dear One
* Douglas Fairbanks ... Drunken Soldier with monkey (uncredited extra)
* Lloyd Ingraham ... Judge (Modern Story)
* Barney Bernard ... The Boy's Attorney
* Tom Wilson ... The Kindly Officer (Kindly Heart)
* Ralph Lewis ... The Governor

Intolerance and its unorthodox editing were enormously influential, particularly among European and Soviet filmmakers. Many of the numerous assistant directors Griffith employed in making the film — Erich von Stroheim, Tod Browning, Woody Van Dyke — went on to become important and noted Hollywood directors in the subsequent years.

The pictured set was featured in the video game LA Noire as a historical monument and as a major scene in two of the cases in the game.

A replica of an archway from the Babylon segment of the film serves as an important architectural element of the Hollywood and Highland shopping center in Los Angeles (built in 2001).

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