D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance Its Genesis and Its Vision (1986) by William M. Drew – PDF Download

A milestone in the history of the arts, Intolerance is a culmination of Griffith’s cinematic genius which transformed the motion picture from an inventor’s toy into a new art form. Unlike many of his other major works such as The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance is an original conception which does not derive from any direct literary source. Because of its advanced cinematic techniques, it became a paradigm for filmmakers throughout the world. At the same time, its power in projecting a social-historical vision provided a precedent for world epic cinema. Griffith’s vision evolved not only from the facts of history and his previous works, but also from his knowledge of the arts. Thus, Intolerance climaxes a century of artistic activity in music, painting, theater, poetry and fiction even as it points the way toward the new experimental artistic language of the twentieth century.

About the Author

William M. Drew, M.A., Summa cum laude, is the author of several books, including “Mr. Griffith’s House with Closed Shutters” “Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen,” “At the Center of the Frame: Leading Ladies of the Twenties and Thirties,” and “The Last Silent Picture Show: Silent Films on American Screens in the 1930s.” He has written numerous articles for film journals and has been a consultant on film history documentaries.

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