Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

Director: D.W. Griffith Cast: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/2002
UPC: 0738329019624
Original Release: 1919
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 40,597

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lillian Gish Lucy Burrows
Richard Barthelmess Cheng Haun, the Yellow Man
Donald Crisp Battling Burrows
Edward Peil Evil Eye
Arthur Howard Burrow's Manager
George Andre Beranger The Spying One
Ernest Butterworth Actor
Kid McCoy A Prizefighter
George Nichols London Policeman
Karla Schramm Actor
Wilbur Higby London Policeman

Technical Credits
D.W. Griffith Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Billy Bitzer Cinematographer
Karl Brown Cinematographer
Louis F. Gottschalk Score Composer
Hendrik Sartov Cinematographer,Special Effects
James Smith Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [9:40]
2. Sordid Realities [4:24]
3. Battling [3:25]
4. The Girl [10:22]
5. The Shopping Trip [9:55]
6. The Usual Rage [6:30]
7. A Fateful Collapse [4:16]
8. Waking in Heaven [6:40]
9. Word Travels [12:24]
10. The Lowering Storm [6:27]
11. Lucy's Homecoming [9:39]
12. Sanctuary [5:29]

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Broken Blossoms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a far more personal film than Birth of A Nation or Intolerance; Broken Blossoms only benefits from the more intimate scope. Lillian Gish is absolutely heartbreaking, and Richard Barthelmess conveys a restrained longing in a far more subtle manner than today's actors could ever dream of. Beware though: this version has a modern-sounding score and no packaging extras. Look closely at the Image edition before making your choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Was so moved by This movie.I cryed . I love Lillian gish . This is lovely and pure . what love should be and not be.I was so happy she found what love was about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the BEST movies I have ever seen. Lillian Gish plays the unloved child of a prize fighter who treats her like a slave and abuses her endlessly. She finally finds gentleness in a Chinese shop owner. Look for the closet scene( Lillian actually passed out after filming that paticular scene). The movie is a little slow in the beginning, but makes up for it in intensity later on.