Greatest Films of the Pre-1920s
Greatest Films of the Pre-1920s


Greatest Films of the Pre-1920s
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1919

Title Screen Film Genre(s), Title, Year, (Country), Length, Director, Description
Broken Blossoms (1919)

Broken Blossoms (1919), 95 minutes, D: D.W. Griffith
A silent film masterpiece, dealing with controversial subject areas including racial prejudice and child abuse. The young Cockney daughter Lucy Burrows (Lillian Gish) of a drunken, abusive London prize-fighter Battling Burrows (Donald Crisp), flees after one particularly awful beating. In a Chinese shop in the London slums, she is befriended by a young Chinese poet (Richard Barthelmess) who hides her, treats her with kindness, takes care of her, and dresses her up in Oriental costumes. He immediately falls in love with her and they experience a mystical romance. However, Lucy's father is enraged when he learns that she is with a Chinese man, discovers her location, and tragically kills her.


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