Intolerance, 1916

Director

DW Griffith

Cast

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Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Hollywood and Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood

The Hollywood Highland complex, based on the Babylonian set for Intolerance

The Hollywood Highland complex, based on the Babylonian set for Intolerance

DW Griffith’s vast historical drama, linking four stories of intolerance through the ages, was a response to criticism of his previous film, The Birth of a Nation, and its glamorisation of the Ku Klux Klan.

A landmark in cinema, in its scope and ambition, the most famous sequence is the fourth ‘Babylonian’ section, which inspired the whole historical epic genre.

The vast ‘Babylon’ set, with its rearing elephants, has become a symbol of overblown Hollywood extravagance. It was left , towering over east Hollywood for four years after filming, at 4500 Sunset Boulevard at the junction with Hollywood Boulevard in Silverlake, until being dismantled in 1919.

Its memory lives on, though. The design of the gloriously kitsch Hollywood and Highland Center on Hollywood Boulevard is based on DW Griffith's vision of ancient Babylon, elephants and all.




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