AFI #49 – Intolerance

Intolerance - Poster.jpgIntolerance

1916

Directed by D.W. Griffith

Netflix says… Many film historians hail director D.W. Griffith’s monumental epic as one of the greatest movies ever committed to celluloid. Griffith powerfully interlaces four parallel tales linked by a recurring shot of Lillian Gish symbolically rocking the cradle of civilization. The stories, which span two millennia, collectively illustrate how intolerance has played a pernicious role in such historic events as Christ’s crucifixion and the fall of Babylon.

That movie was some kind of crazy long. It kind of hurts my head thinking about the whole thing. Be warned, if you’re gonna watch this movie, it’s got to be because you really want to see it. It’s got to be because you want to watch a complicated story that constantly cuts back and forth between four different time periods. It’s also got to be because you have an extra 3 hours and 14 minutes to spare that you’re not planning on using for anything else. Ever. Because you won’t get that time back. Ever. I didn’t care for it.

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