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A bit more info on this film I found while scanning over the December 10, 1916 New York Times. Griffith explains why he prefers black and white to perfecting a color process, and why he used color tinting in Intolerance:

I do not believe that the reproduction of natural colors is often desirable. That would be carrying realism too far, for the things in life are not always beautiful in color and reproducing them as they are would often be less artistic than in black and white...But, it is possible, and I have done this with a considerable measure of success in Intolerance, I think, by the use of a certain amount of color to suggest the mood of the scene, to employ it as the impressionistic painter does. —D.W. Griffith ("Written on the Screen." The New York Times, (Dec 10, 1916): 8)

As if you need reminding...

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That 10 storey set of Babylon became one of the permanent Hollywood museum fixtures for decades. That chapter, with 3000 extras is so magnificently impressive, and on top of that there's a siege of the town, obviously the inspiration for the final battle of the Lord of the Rings saga. Mindblowing. However you are correct. As silent films go, I see the impact, but as entertainment value, I would never dare suggest that anyone see this.


I hadn't thought of the LOTR siege warfare connection. It seems obvious now. :P Thanks, S. Too bad that the Babylon set doesn't still exist. This flick was the mega-movie I was expecting it to be. It seems like Griffith put everything he'd learned from the shorts and features into this one epic to end all epics..too bad he's overzealous about teaching a lesson in it. Constructing a masterwork like this seems lesson enough.


She doesn't appear often in the film, but have your read Lillian Gish's book Me and Mr. Griffith?


No I haven't Scottlord. Does the book contain her reminiscences of working on this motion picture?

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