Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Movies
Drama
Broken Blossoms (1919)
 
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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rated No Rating .
Cast: Donald Crisp, Richard Barthelmess, Lillian Gish, Edward Peil Sr., Arthur Howard
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Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Written by: D.W. Griffith, Thomas Burke
Running time: 1hr 35min
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