The story revolves around a Buddhist monk, who feels platonic love for a young girl, Lucy. She is regularly beaten up by her drunkard, price-fighter father for no particular reason.
Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms presents a master at the top of his form.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Major accolades received by Broken Blossoms (1919)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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