Strike Scene from Intolerance
D.W. Griffith made the 1916 movie "Intolerance" partly in response to criticism of his racist film "Birth of a Nation." Intolerance, which runs about 3 hours, has 4 separate plots which are interwoven. Three are historical but one is set in modern times. It involves a mill owner who cuts wages to have more money for his sister's charities. A strike ensues with tragic consequences. The irony of squeezing the poor to obtain funding for charity is the key point. The film reflects labor unrest that periodically erupted in early 20th century America.