Intolerance (1916)

Sometime during the shooting of the landmark The Birth of a Nation, filmmaker D.W. Griffith probably wondered how he could top himself. In 1916, he showed how, with the awesome Intolerance. The film began humbly enough as a medium-budget… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Classics
Release Date: September 5, 1916
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A pioneering classic and one of the most influential films ever made, D.W. Griffith's Intolerance stands as the crowning jewel in an incredible filmography.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

All at once the Moloch of cineastical good intentions, the first great juggernaut of auteur ambition, and the largest experimental film ever made.

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Variety Staff

Intolerance reflects much credit to the wizard director, for it required no small amount of genuine art to consistently blend actors, horses, monkeys, geese, doves, acrobats and ballets into a composite presentation of a film classic.

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Richard von Busack

If Intolerance is sometimes quaint, it reminds one of what cinema might do at its most ideal. Griffith's hopes for the movies are still stirring

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Griffith's trademark closeups lend a quivering lip or a trembling hand the tragic grandeur of historical cataclysm.

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New York Times

The verdict Intolerance renders in the controversy concerning its maker is that he is a real wizard of lens and screen.

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Kirsty Leckie-Palmer
The Skinny

Intolerance is undoubtedly cinematic paradigm, but more than this, it's a window through which we can peer 100 years into the past.

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Aaron Cutler
Village Voice

Intolerance looks both backward and forward. The strong exploit the weak, it cries, and all governments throughout history are evil.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the great breakthroughs -- the Ulysses of the cinema -- and a powerful, moving experience in its own right.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

This was clearly not conceived as a sleek, effective narrative or even an exploration of character psychology, but as a tremendous, overwhelming experience.

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Before 'Pulp Fiction' and 'The Lord of the Rings', at a time when films were just at an age of adolescence, D. W. Griffith produced… More
Cindy I
Whatever you think of D.W. Griffith's opinions on race -- I think they're despicable -- you cannot deny that he was a brilliant and innovative… More
danny d
griffiths lengthy film is often cited as one of the great films in history, and because of its innovation in technique and massive budget it deserves most of… More
Steven Carrier
D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance" is my pick for the most influential film ever made. Try looking at any film that came after it and you will find… More
Luke Baldock
Griffith, against all the odds manages to top 'Birth of a Nation'. Here he weaves four different stories, from four different time periods. Each story… More