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Intolerance (1916)

(Edit) 12/04/2017

This is a great screen classic not to be missed by anyone seriously interested in cinema. Griffiths was a pioneer who established epic film making which set an agenda for the following fifty years.

However, the version of Intolerance on the DVD that I have just returned is atrocious and would have made Griffiths weep! This was a big budget film with superb photography and a special musical score to be played accompanying the silent film when released in 1916. I have seen and heard this twice over the years and can vouch for the fact that it easily matched all cinematography until the 1960s. The DVD however is an utter travesty: in many places the wrong projection speed has been used, the picture quality is mostly soot and whitewash and almost certainly this version has been taken from an old scratched exhibition print with appalling loss in quality. The titles in many parts are unreadable and the musical accompaniment is entirely unrelated to the action on screen.

What a shame, this is a masterpiece ruined by Philistines who understand nothing about film history and should never have been issued in such a manner: it will only alienate viewers and underline the prejudices of those who like to ridicule silent film.

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