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D.W. Griffith United States, 1919

Jason's rating of the film True Heart Susie

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.