Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
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- Broken Blossoms
- 90 min.
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A white man playing an asian by squinting his eyes looks even more ridiculous than blackface, somehow...
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
Great portrayal of emotion and despair, awful portrayal of race. Like, I wonder if Mickey Rooney got the idea to squint from this movie.
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This movie ranks #1 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream Is a Genius
This movie ranks #6 in IMDb's 1910s Top 50
This movie ranks #6 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #8 in iCheckMovies's 1910s Top 100
This movie ranks #13 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #21 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #22 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #36 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
This movie ranks #42 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #82 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
This movie ranks #96 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #183 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #325 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films