Broken Blossoms Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 12495

Average Rating: 2.3/4

# of Ratings: 19

Theatrical Release Date: 05/13/1919

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Romance

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: D.W. Griffith

Actors: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Edward Peil Sr., Arthur Howard, George Beranger

Plot: A poor Caucasian woman with an overbearing, abusive father meets an Asian man. -- sapien

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/11/2011

There's a nostalgic way this film is presented that made the melodrama easier to stomach. Not as good as some other romantic silent films (Sunrise is probably the best), but it's still a great piece of film history.

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/28/2011

A story of the passionate Cheng (Richard Barthelmess) and the unfortunate situation of Lucy(Lillian Gish). Lucy is physically abused by her ill-tempered Battling (Donald Crisp). Gish excellently portrayed her depressing abused character. The drama is well represented and the score fit the mood. Only qualms I had was how Cheng discovered where Lucy lived and how a peaceful business minded Chinese who despises violence. Simplicity displayed yet effective with a surprising ending. Topics involved subtle racism, compassion and bad parenting. It even had a boxing scene suited for its time Despite some flaws, Broken Blossoms (1919) is a well written (poetic messages with numerous symbolism's) and directed film which touches on sensitive topics which could have been one of the …

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