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The restored version of David Wark Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) 

 

For the pre-opening event of the New Versions Restored section, the 64th Venice Film Festival will be presenting  the restored Digital Cinema version of David Wark Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) in collaboration with the Le Giornate del Cinema Muto di Pordenone.

 

The world premiere screening of the restored Digital Cinema version of Intolerance (1917), will take place  at the Sala Perla on August 29th. It is symbolic of the outlook of the Mostra which, while celebrating its 75th anniversary is nonetheless projected into the future. Tomorrow’s cinema is placing itself at the service of one of the major masterpieces of world film heritage:  Intolerance (1916), which will be presented in the version wanted by David Wark Griffith,  the very one shown on April 7th, 1917 in London, at the Royal Dury Lane Theatre.

 

The version presented has been produced by ZZ Productions in connection with the Danish Film Institute and with the participation of ARTE France. It is the result of meticulous philological work which originated from the 1917 nitrate copy [#3]. The black and white internegative, created in 1960, was later digitised under the supervision of Thomas C. Christensen. The screening of  the film Intolerance (1916),  obtained from the restoration process, is an unprecedented event ; it will be accompanied by the re-creation of the 2007 version of  the Suite Symphonique performed by the Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, directed by Jean Deoryer and composed especially for the film by Antoine Duhamel and Pierre Jansen.

 

The special screening of Intolerance (1916) once again underpins  the collaborative approach of the Venice Film Festival and the prestigious Le Giornate del Cinema Muto di Pordenone which this year celebrates its 26th edition (6 – 13 October 2007).  It is the first International Film Festival entirely dedicated to the revival of  masterpieces of  early cinema, and the promoter of Griffith’s first ever  complete retrospective  of almost 600 films,  started in 1997.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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