Broken Blossoms

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Released 1918

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Director:
D.W. Griffith
Released:
1918
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Broken Blossoms, also called The Yellow Man and The Girl, is a silent film released in 1919. The film centers on the idealized love story of Lucy Burrows (Lillian Gish) and The Yellow Man, Cheng Huan (Richard Barthelmess). Lucy is the unloved child of a drunken prizefighter who brutalizes her with regularity. "Battling" Burrows (Donald Crisp) and his daughter live in a single windowless room, in the seedy Limehouse district of London. Cheng Huan, a shopkeeper who lives above his store, came to England with a mission to bring Buddha's message of peace to the masses, but disillusioned, he has fallen into opium addiction. After Lucy accidentally scalds her father's hand with hot food, he beats her mercilessly and then leaves for another round of drinking. Lucy flees and stumbles into Huan's shop; he takes her in and nurses her back to health. The events that take place when Lucy's father discovers her whereabouts bring this soundless drama to its climatic conclusion.moreless

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Drama

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Classics, Love & Romance