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  1. Philippe Lajède's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

  2. edpwilson's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    quite conflicted about this - it's an incredible film acknowledging the different past world in which it was made but the inherent racism is hard to ignore (not as bad as Birth of a Nation)

  3. VincentVendetta's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    The utopia of cinema as a universal language, an art form reaching every corner of the world now lies broken in pieces. Birth of a Nation, after first seeming like a blessing, would become the director's curse, who would spend the rest of his career correcting his past sins. The world is a tragedy, there are no more deus ex machinas. Lillian and David have never been so miserable.

  4. Ruiz Buñuel's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    I'm happy that the Buddhist propaganda had a twist in the end.

  5. FISCHER's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    Tous les traditionnels archétypes et ressorts du mélodrame sont présents dans ce classique de Griffith, pour un résultat magistral, bouleversant, inoubliable... www.cinefiches.com

  6. 絵莉's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    "It was a different time" when they didn't have CGI to do yellow face.

  7. bagno's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    il cinese non è cinese

  8. SpacePirate's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    Excellent Gish, solid Griffith. Griffith made films I consider to be tech better (Way Down East, Intolerance) but one cant really deny this is probably his most moving, given the subject matter of domestic violence and reevaluating one's faith. Gish gives perhaps her best performance outside of The Wind, which is an unbelievable film. Griffith made some undeniable early classics, best American silent director? 4.5

  9. William's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    Typically astonishing melodrama from the master, which, through purity of emotion and humane apprehension of beauty, reaches transcendental states.

  10. Dogukan4Ever's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

  11. Felix Millan's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    The racial stereotypes are tough to look at, but this is a different film made in a different time. Lillian Gish may be the best silent actresses of all time, her portrayal of battered and broken Lucy is gut wrenching, her forced smile is hollow and haunting. Really great flick, for a 70 minute film you have no excuse to not see it.

  12. Louis Léonard's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

  13. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

  14. OldGermanCurrency's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

  15. suede's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    Lillian Gish moved me, even though it's probably a little over the top to let a teenage character walk around like a battered 65-year-old. This is a very well-intentioned piece, progressive for its day, in spite of the casting of a white actor for the Chinese protagonist. Problem is, it takes 90 min. to tell a simple story for which 30 min. would have easily done. Fine pacing in the exposition.

  16. João Eça's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    good intentions aren't enough

  17. João Rocha's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    I don't see the racism in here: it was the Yellow peril years, and Griffith made the good be represented by the chinese character (what's the problem in the actor beeing not-asian?). It's quite brutal, and sweet, and like always is a delight watch Gish in this type of characters.

  18. El Biffo's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    This melodrama is supposed to redeem the racist bigot Griffith??? His "Yellowman" character, he also refers to as a "chink", or affectionately, "Chinky". Played by a white actor, of course. Another white actor, face covered in shoe polish, adds a bit more color to his racial stereotypes. Why couldn't he at least hire real Black or Chinese people to realize his racist images? I love silent cinema but not Griffith.

  19. José Neves's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    Cinematography by G. W. Bitzer. "Desire" list: It may seem strange that before one of the cinematic summits of the last century and one of the great Lillian Gish peaks, i come to pick it via Richard Barthlemess, but it is also the film in which he surpassed himself, a Hollywood figure of a Chinese who became an unique object-representation of the most absolute male poeticity.

  20. Michael Goetz's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    To my mind, Griffith's vision of tragic romance hasn't been bettered in American cinema. He extracts so much genuine emotion out of a hoary concept and stagey mise en scene; the absolute sincerity of the players overwhelms the formal stiffness and Griffithian sentimentality. There are no jerked tears, but lots of genuine ones. Only the modern sequence in Intolerance matches this.

  21. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    A lovely film, lyrical and imperfect. Some of the acting is campy, and casting a white man as the Asian hero is a cringe-worthy artifact of 1919. But Richard Barthelmess gives a silent performance for all time, capturing a gentle soul (of any race or none at all) getting worn down. And if the interracial romance is toned down from the source material, the idea is still presented in an empathetic light. Baby steps.

  22. girlsonvhs's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    this is really uncomfortable to watch

  23. Ryan Browder's rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    One of my goals for 2011 is to watch more silents. This is one of many that I can add to my repertoire.

  24. Victoria L.'s rating of the film Broken Blossoms

    Being on the other side of the fence, it was a relief to spot the forum topic of this movie. Though I wasn't afraid I might be missing something while watching it, I did feel like melodrama is harder to swallow when exaggerated this much.

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