Watch: Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Through the Ages

Posted by Brandy Dean June 2, 2012 1 Comment 2248 views

Summer seems to be on hiatus in my backyard this Saturday. If the same is true where you live, then maybe it’s the perfect time to drag your laptop over to the cozy, comfy bed and settle in for a watch of D.W. Griffith’s epic Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Through the Ages.

I have some mixed feelings about this one. Each one of the four stories are fine, in and of themselves, but the way the story unfolds is confusing and undermines the power of any of one of them. Also, this has to be the worse misuse of the talents of Lillian Gish ever committed to film.

All that said, Intolerance is a must see for silent film fans. It’s also a must-see-again, I think. The cast list is a who’s who’s of the era and the time hopping editing is also kinda groundbreaking. So get comfortable and settle in for 2:56:27.


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  1. - June 2, 2012
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    Yeah, it is a little disconcerting to see Lillian Gish used as a glorified intertitle, starring in her own little segue (sp?), especially after having a huge part in Birth of a Nation. I first saw Intolerance on TV — the local PBS station was showing it starting in the early evening, the same night as the Oscars telecast. It was 1970, I think, and I remember wanting desperately to watch the beginning of the awards, but was mesmerized by the movie. That was a time when watching the Academy Awards meant seeing the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Steve McQueen (Ok, he probably was a no show, same with Brando). Don’t want to sound like a fossil, but I don’t think we’ll see anything like that again. The Oscars, not the movie. OK, Maybe both.

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