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1.2 Intolerance

by Patrick Keating

Although Intolerance is a narrative film of extraordinary ambition, this shot puts the technology of movement on display. The camera moves forward, and an elevator lowers it to the ground. Rather than move toward a particular character, the primary purpose is to let us know just how enormous the Babylon set is. (Excerpt from The Dynamic Frame, Chapter 1).

1.2 Intolerance

A massive elevator-dolly lowers the camera as it enters the Babylon set.

from Intolerance (1916)
Creator: D.W. Griffith
Posted by Patrick Keating