49. Intolerance (1916)

I have made the decision to not watch this film. I understand why it is on this list, however I cannot bring myself to watch it. And that’s not just because it’s a three hour and seventeen-minute silent film.

Intolerance was DW Griffith’s response to the backlash he received about his film Birth of a Nation, a film that is terribly racist and needs to stop being regarded as important cinema. Intolerance, however, was not an apology by Griffith. He felt that he had done nothing wrong. So, I am choosing to not watch a film made by somebody who depicted horrible acts and glorified the Ku Klux Klan, called it art, was criticized by the NAACP and then showed no remorse.

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