Not necessarily - Intolerance is a diatribe, a moral essay - just from watching it. The whole time its the least thing from subtle. He's banging his message home the whole way. Its obvious. This is a man with an agenda. That agenda is to condemn those who condemned Birth of a Nation - THESE people are the ones who were intolerant. Griffith just doesn't bring this up in the film and turns it into a generalised, universal diatribe about intolerance (making how indignant he feels about his racism all the more sickening).
I don't have the Masterworks DVD, but from reading the back cover online I can tell its one of those releases which avoids the nasty side of a director or a project in order to let the fans enjoy the work irrespective of the director's intentions. The other reason they wouldn't mention a little thing like making a multi-million dollar production like Intolernace because you were hurt at the reaction to your previous racist diatribe is that a DVD company is a business that wants to sell products, and this may discourage people from buying (though "may" is not a strong enough word).
In this case, we're talking about the director's intentions, which you'll read about on any other piece of information about Intolerance that exists. The first place i can think of is on the trivia page on the IMDB website page for Intolerance, where you'll read this:
"The inspiration for this film came from D.W. Griffith's surprise at the loud protests against his previous film, The Birth of a Nation (1915). In response to those attacks, he wanted to illustrate the problem with intolerance to other people's views."
the gypsy controversy was indeed a nasty mess which has been the bane of her life till her death. This happened while Leni was making a movie called Tiefland, which was not funded by the Nazi party (though it was, like all films, heavily monitored by them), and nor was it a propaganda film or did it have any Nazi messages. In fact, it had an anti-fascist message, a message about freedom.
"Riefenstahl plays Martha, a Gypsy dancer seduced by an evil nobleman. She has argued that Tiefland was her apology for her involvement with the Nazis, calling it her 'inner emigration' from the regime."
For what its worth,
"The (gypsy) allegations go back as far as 1949, when they were made by a German magazine. A Munich court then declared Riefenstahl innocent."
There are all manner of nasty stories from gypsies you can read first hand in this guardian article, which, on the whole, takes the voice of the gypsies. I don't know what to make of them. Its hard to ignore and deny them, i'll give you that. There's a story of Leni going to a concentration camp with a SS man - jeez, i don't know what to believe, but these people certainly have an axe to grind (who can blame them, for the horrors people they knew and themselves suffered under National Socialism). I can't resolve the gypsy controversy - i don't know enough about it. All I can tell you that she claims to the bitter end that the gypsies were not from a concentration camp, or that she didn't know they were, and that she didn't know what would become of them after the filming.
You may remember me from such sites as imdb, amazon and criterionforum as Ben Cheshire.