Broken BlossomsDirector: D.W. Griffith,
Based on "The Chink and the Child," a story by Thomas Burke, Broken Blossoms is one of D.W. Griffith's most poetic films. Richard Barthelmess plays a young Chinese aristocrat who hopes to spread the gospel of his Eastern religion to the grimy corners of London's Limehouse district. Rapidly disillusioned, Barthelmess opens a curio shop and takes to smoking opium. One evening, Lillian Gish, the waif-like daughter of drunken prizefighter Donald Crisp, collapses on Barthelmess' doorstep after enduring one more of her father's brutal beatings. Barthelmess shelters the girl, providing her with the love and kindness that she has never known. Crisp, offended that his daughter is living with a "heathen," forces the girl to return home with him. In a terrible drunken rage, Crisp beats Lillian to death. Barthelmess arrives on the scene, kills Crisp, then kneels beside Lillian's body and takes his own life.
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Cast & Crew
|Lillian Gish||Lucy Burrows|
|Richard Barthelmess||Cheng Haun, the Yellow Man|
|Donald Crisp||Battling Burrows|
|Edward Peil||Evil Eye|
|Arthur Howard||Burrow's Manager|
|George Andre Beranger||The Spying One|
|Kid McCoy||A Prizefighter|
|George Nichols||London Policeman|
|Wilbur Higby||London Policeman|
|D.W. Griffith||Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Louis F. Gottschalk||Score Composer|
|Hendrik Sartov||Cinematographer,Special Effects|
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This is a far more personal film than Birth of A Nation or Intolerance; Broken Blossoms only benefits from the more intimate scope. Lillian Gish is absolutely heartbreaking, and Richard Barthelmess conveys a restrained longing in a far more subtle manner than today's actors could ever dream of. Beware though: this version has a modern-sounding score and no packaging extras. Look closely at the Image edition before making your choice.
One of the BEST movies I have ever seen. Lillian Gish plays the unloved child of a prize fighter who treats her like a slave and abuses her endlessly. She finally finds gentleness in a Chinese shop owner. Look for the closet scene( Lillian actually passed out after filming that paticular scene). The movie is a little slow in the beginning, but makes up for it in intensity later on.
I Was so moved by This movie.I cryed . I love Lillian gish . This is lovely and pure . what love should be and not be.I was so happy she found what love was about.