Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 160: Tue Jun 9

Broken Blossoms (Griffith, 1919): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm


This film, part of the DW Griffith season at BFI Southbank, also screens on 13 June. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films (1919), about the chaste love of a Chinese man (Richard Barthelmess) for the frail daughter (Lillian Gish) of a loutish boxer. It perfectly fuses all the elements of Griffith's style: tender drama played off against scenes of violence; a rich, operatic sense of character and emotion; and a dreamlike acting style, given particular force by the subtlety of Gish's performance and the strength of Barthelmess's. Not to be missed.
Dan Druker

Here (and above) is the famous closet scene.

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