Broken Blossoms (1919) (DVD - SONE 1)

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D. W. Griffith reached a pinnacle of expressiveness in this tender yet tragic tale of love and suffering in the seedy Limehouse district of London. Richard Barthelmess gives a sensitive portrayal of a Chinese man who travels to England to spread the pacifist teachings of the Orient, but it is Lillian Gish who illuminates the screen. In this, the most heart-rending performance of her career, she plays a fifteen-year-old street urchin who longs to escape her miserable existence. Emotionally scarred by the torment and neglect of her abusive father (Donald Crisp), she collapses in the shop of the lonely and disillusioned "yellow man." As he tenderly nurses her back to health, an unspoken romance flowers between them, awakening in each of them feelings of love they thought themselves forever denied. In some ways, Broken Blossoms was Griffith's response to critics of The Birth Of A Nation, an effort to clear himself of lingering charges of racism. However, cinematic convention forbade physical intimacy between the two races. With this in mind, Griffith took what might have been a bold interracial romance and turned it into something more ethereal: a form of cinematic poetry that engages the viewer through subtle gestures and changes of expression, meticulously choreographed and gracefully assembled.

Bonusmateriale

  • Introduction by Lillian Gish
  • "The Chink & the Child" (The Complete Text by Thomas Burke)
  • About the Score
  • "Broken Blossoms" the Song
  • D.W. Griffith on Leading Ladies

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1919 Format DVD
Sone Sone 1 Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 1 timer 30 minutter
Aldersgrense 11 Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Stumfilm)
Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3 Regissør D.W. Griffith
Skuespillere Donald Crisp, Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess Bestillingsnummer KV1962DVD
Leverandør Import

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