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This story formed the foundation for the modern story in David Wark Griffith’s INTOLERANCE (1916):

Putting this on screen immediately after the event took incredible courage.

Griffith rightly is called the father of film, a credit which many lesser people strive to today deny him.

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.–Eleanor Roosevelt.

D. W. Griffith used events and people to discuss ideas. His films opened in huge theaters that sat thousands. They played not at movie ticket prices but at top Broadway prices.

Seeing these films today in the comfort of our homes they become small.

To truly experience them we need to see them in the setting over which we have no control. This is true of all motion pictures. Once we do that they become a movie.

–Reg Hartt

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