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The Fall of Babylon (1919)

In the last days of ancient Babylon, a tomboyish mountain girl fights for her king when the city is attacked.

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The Mountain Girl (archive footage)
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High Priest of Bel (archive footage)
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Prince Belshazzar (archive footage)
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Nabonidus, King of Babylonia (archive footage)
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Attarea (archive footage)
Loyola O'Connor ...
Attarea's slave (archive footage)
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Cyrus (archive footage)
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The Mighty Man of Valour
Erich von Ritzau ...
A Pharisee (as Baron von Ritzan)
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A Pharisee (archive footage) (as Count von Stroheim)
Kate Bruce ...
Babylonian Mother (archive footage)
Howard Scott ...
Babylonian Dandy (archive footage)
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Girl in Marriage Market (archive footage)
Ruth Darling ...
Girl in Marriage Market (archive footage)
Margaret Mooney ...
Girl in Marriage Market (archive footage)
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A re-edited version of the Babylonian episode of Griffith's 'Intolerance (1916)', this is the story of a mountain girl who loves Belshazzar and strives to protect him against the evil High Priest of Bel and his treacherous cohorts. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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4 November 1921 (France)  »

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La chute de Babylone  »

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The Fall of Babylon
30 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Fall of Babylon (1919)

*** (out of 4)

A Mountain Girl (Constance Talmadge) is pulled out of her surroundings by a man who attempts to sell her but she is saved by another man. She falls in love with this man and agrees to go to war with him to try and bring down Babylon.

When INTOLERANCE was released in 1916, it wasn't the hit that director D.W. Griffith had hoped it would have been. It was a film unlike anything that had ever been made. It took four separate stories and edited them together to show how hate and intolerance has haunted the world throughout various eras. That film was a complete masterpiece but its box office failure meant that the director would release two of the four stories as stand alone films in 1919. THE MOTHER AND THE LAW was the modern story from INTOLERANCE and this here was the Babylon segment, which contained most of the great visuals.

Having now seen this film and THE MOTHER AND THE LAW, there's no question that both are quite good and entertaining but at the same time they aren't nearly as powerful as they were in INTOLERANCE. In fact, there's no question that people should check out the original 1916 film at all cost and only check out the two stand alone stories if they want to see everything that Griffith did. Both of the 1919 versions are worth seeing since you get to see the stories on their own and they do feature footage that wasn't used in the original.

Of the two stand alone films this one here is certainly the more entertaining one. It clocks in at just 62-minutes and we basically see the Mountain Girl's story as she eventually helps bring down Babylon. The amount of extras, the mammoth sets and the grand scale of this sequence is just something that had never been tried before and I'd argue that it hasn't been topped since.


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