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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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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Thomas Burke: Limehouse Nights
– first published in 1916 –