In response to critics of "The Birth of a Nation," Griffith created this lavish melodrama that chronicles man's greed and prejudices through the ages and juxtaposes these vignettes against a modern tale of urban woes. For many years Hollywood's most expensive film; the all-star cast includes Lillian Gish, Constance Talmadge, Erich von Stroheim, and Bessie Love. 197 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Dolby Digital stereo music score; introduction by Orson Welles; excerpts from "Cabiria," "The Last Days of Pompeii." Silent with music score.