Broken Blossoms [DVD] [1919]

Considered one of D.W. Griffith's best films, the silent Broken Blossoms comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Supplemental materials include a filmed introduction from lead actress Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith revealing his opinions on working with different actresses, and a recording of the 1919 song "Broken Blossoms." This is an excellent disc for anyone with an interest in the earliest days of film.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Filmed introduction by Lillian Gish including excerpts from Gish's film Romola (1925 MGM)
  • The complete text of Thomas Burke's original story
  • A recording of the 1919 song "Broken Blossoms"
  • D.W. Griffith on leading ladies
  • About the score

Synopsis

Broken Blossoms
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Lillian Gish
    Lillian Gish - Lucy Burrows
  • Richard Barthelmess
    Richard Barthelmess - Cheng Haun, the Yellow Man
  • Donald Crisp
    Donald Crisp - Battling Burrows
  • Image coming soon
    Edward Peil Sr. - Evil Eye
  • Image coming soon
    Arthur Howard - Burrow's Manager
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