Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

Or, The Yellow Man and the Girl

DVD - 2001
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A young Chinaman in London's squalid Limehouse district hopes to spread the peaceful philosophy of his Eastern religion. He befriends a pitiful street waif who is mistreated by her brutal father. Nursing her back to health, tragedy results when an unspoken romance flowers between them.
Publisher: NYC : Kino on Video, c2001.
Edition: Deluxe ed., with five special features.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 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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