Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
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- Broken Blossoms
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Nearly perfect acting. A tragic and emotional masterpiece.
To appreciate this movie, the viewer should be familiar with silent movies other than Chaplin or Keaton and consider the period in which this was made.
Some of the best acting performances I have seen in any picture from any era. The editing and Billy Bitzer's camerawork are very good as well.
A must-see for lovers of true sadness. This is how tragedy and emotions should be transferred to celluloid.
Don't watch it on archive.org, its quality is poor and it does not have a musical score, instead get the DVD released by KINO.com
A white man playing an asian by squinting his eyes looks even more ridiculous than blackface, somehow...
Yea, that particular scene in The Shining was inspired by the closet scene in Broken Blossoms.
Fellini's La strada is also loosely based on this film.
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This movie ranks #1 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream is a Genius
This movie ranks #4 in IMDb's 1910s Top 50
This movie ranks #6 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #9 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #21 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #22 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #36 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
This movie ranks #42 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #82 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
This movie ranks #96 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #183 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #262 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #400 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List