Monday, 13 August 2012

D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms 1919

This was one of the first films Lowry ever saw as a child leaving a lasting impression (Bowker Pursued By Furies Pg.16). Lowry refers to the film in a letter to Frank Taylor dated  29 September 1949 discussing his film script for Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night; "I see it as one of the greatest and most moving films of all time, one that is also a return to a great tradition of the movies, something that should combine the emotional impact of Griffith's Broken Blossoms and Isn't Life Wonderful with Citizen Kane. (Collected Letters Vol 2 Pg.171).

Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl is a 1919 silent film directed by D.W. Griffith. It was distributed by United Artists and premiered on May 13, 1919. It stars Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp, and tells the story of young girl, Lucy Burrows, who is abused by her alcoholic prizefighting father, Battling Burrows, and meets Cheng Huan, a kind-hearted Chinese man who falls in love with her. It is based on Thomas Burke's The Chink and the Child. Read more on Wikipedia

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