Thursday, August 26, 2010

30 Second Review: Intolerance

Top Star Mae Marsh       Date 1913      Category Drama

The Story
An epic history of people terminated with—and by—extreme prejudice.

The Verdict
Huge, but a behemoth with heart.

Best Scene
Given Griffith’s overall body of work, it’s ironic that Babylon—a venal sin-pit—receives the best of his attention. In the scene leading to the great battle, you’ll see a different D.W.; one willing to film erotic footage of writhing priestesses amid other opulencies. Some parts of Babylon are downright steamy and it’s too bad he didn’t film more of this adult (in the best sense of the word) material. He might have stayed on top a while longer.

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