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Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

Director: D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish


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.

The movie is based on Thomas Burke‘s short story The Chink and the Child from the 1916 collection Limehouse Nights. Would you like to read the book?

Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms presents a master at the top of his form.
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Thomas Burke: Limehouse Nights
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