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  1. Multiple story lines in different time periods
  2. A central theme: intolerance
  3. Love will always conquer over
  4. The directing and the set design of the movie

My immediate reaction to Intolerance is that of absolute wonder and amazement. Throughout the lengthy three-and-a-half-hour film, I remained consistently awestruck by the breathtaking beauty it portrayed. The massive detailed sets paired with Griffith's stunning wide shots, seemingly organized chaos of actors and extras, and captivating musical score results in a mesmerizing piece of art work. The story can be easily summarized using the movies complete title, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages. It shows us stories from four different time periods which, to quote one of the opening lines of the movie, "Each story shows how hatred and intolerance, through all the ages, have battled against love and charity."

[...] if only he thought as we This type of intolerance has transcended throughout time and will always be the pitfall of society. A more optimistic view of the movie is that, while intolerance and hatred may always exist, love will always conquer over all. It's this kind of thinking that is common among epic stories in both literature, art, and film. Good conquering over evil, even when the odds are set against them. This is a rather hopeful view of the world and I imagine it would have been difficult for people in 1916 to have faith in such an idea. [...]


[...] In each time period, it's difficult to see how the character's stories are related and intertwined, until eventually, all their stories do intertwine. This wouldn't be an issue if all of these plot lines were portrayed at one time, but what makes them difficult to follow is the constant switching from each time period with their different plot lines to another time period. I understand the motive to juxtapose between these different time periods, which is to further compare and connect the different plots with the film's overall resonating theme. [...]

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