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Intolerance(1916)

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In addition to the still frames that the Museum of Modern Art utilizes in its restored print, it also uses and discards some footage that did not appear in Kino's video release. Only one scene was re-instated that was comprised entirely of actual moving footage. This scene shows the Dear One taking the reformers to court and is unable to regain custody of her child. What's very odd is that some footage seems to have been removed from the babelonian sequences. There were shots of the dancers and entertainers at the feast and, in an earlier scene, woman frolicing in a trance-like state in the temple. Whether these were censored to to nudity (the venue was for all ages) is unclear. Also omited was one shot from the first scene at court in the French scenes.

A print of Intolerance was put togeather by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, restoring to the film scenes that were exized and that survive only in single badly-damages still frames. These scenes were:- In the Jerusalem scenes: More shots of the market with a dove seller that is visible in a long shot that exists in the film.; An interlude between the priests and Mary Magdalen.; An extension of the wedding ceremony for the bride and groom of Cana.- In the Babelonian scenes: More shots of the battle scenes and feasting.; A scene at the jury where Josef Henaberry has a cameo as an agonized huband. Henaberry talked about this scene in Kevin Brownlow's book The Parade's Gone By.- Int the French scenes: A whole subplot in which the assissination of a Huganot politician (not Coligny) is plotted and carried out. This story is real, the actual events having occured at Blois in 1572.; A street scene that occures before we meet Brown Eyes and Prosper. A woman calls out from a window "Look out below!" and dumps the (liquid) contense of a chamber pot into the street below, just as a pedestrian jumps out of the way.; A couple more shots of the wedding procession.- in the Modern scenes: More scenes of the Modern Pharasies doing their evil deeds.

Some prints contain a scene in which the Dear One takes the Uplifters to court over custody of her baby. She becomes uncontrollably infuriated and lashes out at them. Her lawer tries to plead her case, but it is lost to the reformers. END.

Griffith re-cut the modern and Babylonian stories and released them as two separate films in an attempt to make up for the financial loss he suffered on the original picture. The re-released versions were Mother and the Law, The (1919) and Fall of Babylon, The (1919).

The laserdisc version contains a scene not featured on the DVD: When the Boy escapes execution and rejoins his wife, the baby is brought back home. (Which would take the running time to 198 minutes if released on DVD)

The Kino version contains an alternate ending to the "Fall of Babylon" segment where the wounded Mountain Girl falls into the arms of the Rhapsode, and they leave happily to start a new life.

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