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The best, GREATEST romance movie ever made! With 2 of the best movie characters ever portrayed: Richard Barthelmess as Cheng Huan and Donald Crisp as "Battling" Burrows!
This film was almost good.
Like the Broken Blossoms of a trampled rose, the pure affection between two unutterably lonely people is destroyed by evil and hatred. Turning his back temporarily on the silent epics of his past, the director focused the laser beam of his talent on the tragic story of three pathetic individuals living in the slums of London's Limehouse: a fragile girl, her vicious father, and the gentle Chinese shopkeeper living nearby. No huge casts rampaging through innumerable subplots, no tremendous production values spent to illustrate the sweep and flow of a historical period. Just three people living increasingly desperate lives, brought together by a tidal wave of pure emotion.
One of the most controversial films of the silent film area, Broken Blossoms is a story about an unlikely friendship formed by the outcasts of London, it featured "domestic violence" which shocked many at the time. Nonetheless, it was beautifully shot with some of the most elegant set designs and editing.
I wasn't fully paying attention but this movie has nice set design. Its considered a landmark film but I didn't really get into it as it has a lot of superfluous scenes.
Beautiful, poetic and acted with great feeling. One of my favourite films.
Although it contains more of DW Griffith's questionable perspective on race, Broken Blossoms is an essential piece of his legacy. A devastating tragic romance and ultimately a powerful comment on race relations and the immigrant experience in the west, the film consists of an immigrant's attempt to win the love of an abused woman, and the psychological torture it takes on him. Broken Blossoms is also a crucial piece of Lillian Gish's legacy, and it's use of dye further demonstrates Griffith's mastery of early film techniques. Limited in its length compared to Birth of a Nation or Intolerance and therefore easier to digest for those used to modern film, Broken Blossoms is essential viewing for those interested in silent film, early Hollywood, or the development of the auteur.
Affecting and one of the best examples of dyeing in silent films, though another example of DW's highly questionable racial caricatures.
A draggy film, makes a hole circus towards a undeveloped plot. Although the cinematography is admirable, the rest of the movie shows that Griffith is far from his comfort zone which is great dramatic epics. In fact, the only thing that kept reminding me it was a Griffith movie was his characteristic pathetic take on other races.
A romantic and painful tale of interracial love that was far beyond its time and a huge deviation from the abhorently racist message found in Griffith's pioneering Birth of a Nation.