"Broken Blossoms" (1919) director D. W. Griffith, cinematographer Billy Bitzer

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Silent Hall of Fame has created a Silent Gems Collection of rare and for the first time available films with our stars, as well as other silent masterpieces. These are high quality films that are hard to find anywhere else. Please use the link below to see the Silent Gems Collection of rare films on DVD. http://www.ebay.com/sch/yorkmba99/m.html?item=131684404495&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 "Broken Blossoms" is a poignant drama made for mature audiences, directed by D. W. Griffith. This film illustrates the work of cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org. Please support the legacy of silent movie stars by making a tax deductible contribution. Cheng (Richard Barthelmess) leaves his native China to spread the peaceful teachings of Buddha. In London, working as a store keeper, he is soon crushed by life's realities, from which he escapes temporarily using opium. In the same neighborhood lives a tender young girl named Lucy (Lillian Gish), who is constantly abused by her brutal father (Donald Crisp). One day, after being mercilessly whipped by him, Lucy wanders the streets and collapses in Cheng's home. He nurses her back to health and the two outcast souls develop a tender platonic bond. For Lucy this is the first time in her life that someone is good to her, and for Cheng this revives his forgotten youthful dreams. The dreams end abruptly when Lucy's father learns that she is with the Chinese man and the end is tragic. This is a heartbreaking story of despair, hope, love and tragedy. The film has not lost any of its luster almost a century after its release. In 1996, "Broken Blossoms" (1919) was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film enjoys a strong 7.6 rating in IMDB. Directed by D. W. Griffith Produced by Adolph Zukor Scenario by D. W. Griffith Based on the short story "The Chink and the Child" by Thomas Burke Starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp Cinematography Billy Bitzer Editing by James Smith Distributed by United Artists Release date 20 October 1919 Running time 90 min. Country United States Language Silent film, English intertitles Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976: "Allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."
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