Almost a hundred years ago today, one of the most influential movies ever made debuted: Intolerance by D. W. Griffith.
As a former film student, this postcard is one of my favourites:
The movie was incredibly influential for pioneering the art and mechanics of movie making – not to mention the incredible sets, such as the one depicted here.
The postcard presents a categorization challenge as it was sent (and likely bought) from Montreal, Canada, but it also associated with others places, such as L.A. where it was filmed, a New York City museum where it is preserved, and Babylon of course. But it was sent from one film student (Concordia) to another (future) student (York University) so the sender’s location it is. Here’s the message:
“Scene from the Babylonian sequence of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, 1916. The Museum of Modern Art / Film Stills Archive.
I know. I know. Yet another post-card. Sorry. I don’t have time for a letter but I want you to know I’m thinking of you etc. Are you as busy as me? I’m writing a paper on AZ00 [???] which isn’t going so well. Have you had your York interview? Well, don’t work to hard. Come see me again soon.”
The film presents various thematically linked stories, but the Babylonian one is my favourite. Here’s the highlights.