Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

DVD - 2002
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Set in the Limehouse district of London, this is the story of Lucy, a 15-year-old living under the violent, abusive hand of her resentful prizefighter father, Battling Burrows. Driven from her home, she finds love and protection in the home of a gentle Chinese man. Together they begin to discover the joys that life has denied both of them until that time. Then Lucy's father finds her, brutally beats her protector, takes her back home, and, in his rage, kills her. The grief stricken Chinese man avenges Lucy's death and then takes his own life
Publisher: New York : Kino on Video, c2002
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., b&w (col. tinted) ; 4 3/4 in

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SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

While some elements of the film are undoubtedly dated (particularly the unfortunate use of yellowface), this movie had its heart in the right place and is remarkably progressive for 1919 in that it asks the audience to tolerate other cultures and view the Other as a human being worthy of compassion. I have a soft spot for the movie, as it was my introduction to silent cinema when I was 15. Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess are heartbreaking. The mise en scene is lovely, as is the moody, evocative lighting.

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Monolith
Aug 23, 2013

Such a tender, tragic story. Though difficult, I blocked out the distasteful racial slurs, and pitied the ignorance of the period, cutting through that small minded bullsh*t to the gentle, textured marrow of a truly sweet love story, unfortunately mired in paralyzing fear. Lillian Gish was sublime. Joseph Turrin's score was very well done. I didn't know what to expect from Griffith. He showcased some heavy issues here: racism and interracial taboos; alcoholism and domestic abuse (boozing and bruising)... He was ahead of his time. I'm left with a memorable experience. FIVE STARS.

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SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

SusyHendrix thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Monolith
Aug 23, 2013

Ha ha! Fooled ya! Silent films don't have quotes, you ninny!

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