Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, September 27, 2013

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/1916—directed by D.W. Griffith)

In 1916, director D.W. Griffith completed what critic Pauline Kael called “perhaps the greatest movie ever made.” Intolerance is a spectacular, monumental epic, set in four different historical eras, that uses the theme of intolerance through the ages to unite the four tales in an increasingly sophisticated – and ultimately frenzied – early example of the art of film editing. The sets and art direction on view in Intolerance would be considered jaw-dropping even today; the Babylonian sequence alone remains such an indelible cinematic icon that a full-scale, modern reproduction of a portion of the Babylon set was created in 2001 adjacent to Hollywood’s Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre, home to the Academy Awards®. This newly restored, full-length version of Intolerance features original color tinting and toning, and a lush musical score by Carl Davis, performed by the Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra. (190 minutes, including intermission).

“The Ulysses of the cinema. Magnificent, powerful and moving.”Dave Kehr, The New York Times

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