The Resource Broken blossoms

Broken blossoms

Label
Broken blossoms
Title
Broken blossoms
Contributor
Actor
Director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
D. W. Griffith reached a pinnacle of expressiveness in this tender yet tragic tale of love and suffering in the seedy Limehouse district of London. Richard Barthelmess gives a sensitive portrayal of a Chinese man who travels to England to spread the pacifist teachings of the Orient, but it is Lillian Gish who illuminates the screen. In this, the most heart-rending performance of her career, she plays a fifteen-year-old street urchin who longs to escape her miserable existence. Emotionally scarred by the torment and neglect of her abusive father (Donald Crisp), she collapses in the shop of the lonely and disillusioned "yellow man." As he tenderly nurses her back to health, an unspoken romance flowers between them, awakening in each of them feelings of love they thought themselves forever denied. In some ways, Broken blossoms was Griffith's response to critics of The birth of a nation, an effort to clear himself of lingering charges of racism. However, cinematic convention forbade physical intimacy between the two races. With this in mind, Griffith took what might have been a bold interracial romance and turned it into something more ethereal: a form of cinematic poetry that engages the viewer through subtle gestures and changes of expression, meticulously choreographed and gracefully assembled. Featuring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Cataloging source
UtOrBLW
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Kino Lorber Edu in 1919
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1895-1963
  • 1880-1974
  • 1875-1948
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Barthelmess, Richard
  • Crisp, Donald
  • Griffith, D. W.
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
88
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  • Abused children
  • Boxers (Sports)
  • Chinese
  • Interracial friendship
  • Murder in motion pictures
  • Runaways (Fictitious characters)
  • Suicide
  • Limehouse (London, England)
Technique
live action
Label
Broken blossoms
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1113823
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 88 min., 54 sec.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to registered members of City Libraries
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia.
  • rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound.
Publisher number
1113823
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)897772810
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Broken blossoms
Link
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1113823
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 88 min., 54 sec.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to registered members of City Libraries
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia.
  • rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound.
Publisher number
1113823
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)897772810
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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