In lavish design of grand authenticity, Griffith weaves together a classical, European epic of economic stratification and human compassion, remaining fair as ever in detailing the fall into decadence amongst all classes. With magnificent patience and dynamics in elaborate storytelling, a cataclysm of tension storms in crescendo towards its heart-wrenching climax and subsequent emotionally satisfying resolution.
The production design is top notch including costumes and set design and action scenes are superb. Even simple landscapes look better than many refined modern movies. It's hard to hold back tears while watching protagonists suffer and the performance by the lead actor doesn't help (such a beautiful and powerful acting!). Despite the director's misguided politics, one can't deny this is a great movie.
Tres detalles que hacen de Griffith un gran director. Primero, un gran montajista. Los escenarios de la Francia de entonces es excepcional. El director mueve la cámara y encuadra según el escenario a explotar. Segundo, mueve la cámara también como carácter dramático. Es un gran introductor del suspenso. El final de "Intolerancia" y este lo prueban. Tercero, su cine fue vital para construcción del imaginario de EEUU.
Kudos for Mr. Griffith for the ability to build a hard-to-stand tension in an adventure movie. The plot was not up my alley but still I appreciate it. I hate Griffith for forcing me to admit his genius.
This is one of the few French Revolution movies that doesn't completely villainize the working poor. There are more professional class Terrorists here than one might expect and the royalty don't come off as saintly victims. Griffith seems to especially have fun with the decadence leading up to the bloodshed, and of course the cross cutting. It was the last film that the Gish sisters made with the master filmmaker.