DIRECTOR: D. W. GRIFFITH
CAST: LILLIAN GISH, RICHARD BARTHELMESS, DONALD CRISP
Selected by Mr. Kim as part of Staff Picks: Kim's Video, a series made up of film selections and introductions by Mr. Kim and a number of former Kim's store clerks. Staff Picks will continue throughout 2022, each month featuring selections that celebrate the small and specialty video stores, independent theatres, and community hubs where passionate film lovers gather.
Perhaps the most famous Chinese character to appear in early American cinema was embodied by one Richard Barthelmess, a white American actor cast against racial type as the lone confidante of Lillian Gish’s poor, innocent wastrel, ceaselessly hounded by her bestial father in the slums of London’s Limehouse. Among Griffith’s best and most beautiful films, clearly evidencing a debt to Dickens; with Broken Blossoms the master of spectacle and sprawl put aside his epic ambitions to produce a work of rare intimacy, delicacy, and heartbreaking emotional purity.