Intolerance (1916)


The still from Intolerance looks promising, with striking lighting effects, but Griffiths' picture, striving again for the earnest epic ("Love's struggle through the ages") and a timeframe spanning millenia did not go down well at the box office. Even he had to admit defeat, as it was cut down and released as two separate features. It didn't go down well with me either. None of the individual stories held my interest, so I was disinclined to tolerate the chopping and changing between them.

I'm beginning to wonder if this endeavour of mine is doomed to failure - if, that is, my only purpose is to watch all 1001 films. If, on the other hand, it's to pick out the gems from the dross, and not to endure the unendurable, I may yet succeed.

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