True hearted women do battle with the paint and powder brigade. In this harrowing tale, but for deadly virus, an old woman, a broken vow of chastity, and a troubled conscience - true love prevails. Yes, she dresses plainly, but she wields identity theft, covert finance, and she never got rid of the black silk stockings and garterbelt. Based on a true story, this is a devastating account of the battle of the sexes.
3 & a half cows. Adorable, like playing with dolls, or
kittens, or assessing Little Women as a really good novel. It's a dreamworld of innocence which doesn't exist anywhere, and although the introduction may claim some feminist values, they are very, very few if at all. Gish is perfect, Griffith is close to perfect, but still dolls and kittens.
Lillian Gish rocks--as always.
I like the Griffith at small scale better than w/ the large, expansive canvas. Though Birth of a Nation is disgustingly racist, it is also a total snore. Broken Blossoms (one of the greatest films of all time), on the other hand, is a precious mettle. I love the Griffith who is tenderly beholden to the almost-overwhelmed-though-decidedly-passive face of the immortal Lillian Gish. One of the great partnerships.
When she touches her bare ring finger! And collapses into the bushes! an emotionally powerful though simple and idealist film, only slighted by a naive, one-dimensional, cardboard male protagonist who does nothing to match the purity of spirit of his female counterpart.
87/100 - Excellent.