Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages - 1916
Directed by D.W. Griffith
D.W. Griffith's follow up to his controversial landmark film "Birth of a Nation" is an ambitious retelling of four historic examples of what he deems as "intolerance." The epic nature of this film is thoroughly impressive - the sets are huge, the cast is huge, and all of this was achieved in 1916. Unfortunately the Persians are portrayed as unrelenting conquerors whose war on Babylon presents one of history's worst examples of intolerance.
B&W, 3 hours 17 minutes, Silent
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Archers and Spearmen practice their skills as part of their daily training regimen at the Persian Camp on the outskirts of Babylon.
Cyrus the Great is portrayed as authoritative and unforgiving as he leads the onslaught on Babylon. This is contrary to the historic accounts of a benevolent Cyrus who freed the Jews from their captivity and proclaimed the world's first declaration of human rights.
Persian Siege Towers approach the Walls of Babylon. This initial attack is repulsed by the Babylonians and their leader Belshazzar. The movie recounts, "Cyrus moves upon Babylon; in his hand the sword of war, most potent weapon forged in the flames of intolerance."
The recreation of Babylon is impressive even by today's standards.
A disgruntled Babylonian priest conspires with Cyrus to take over the city.
According to the movie, "Cyrus sweeps on to Babylon's destruction." Though most historical accounts tell that Cyrus entered the gates of Babylon without any resistance from its inhabitants.
Hundreds if not thousands of extras portray the advancing Persian Army.
A victorious Cyrus adds Babylon to his conquests and it is proclaimed, "To God the Glory! Long live Cyrus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!"
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