BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919)
After D.W. Griffith's project was dismissed by Paramount's Adolph Zukor ("Everybody in it dies. It isn't commercial."), the filmmaker made BROKEN BLOSSOMS on a tight budget and released it through his new independent venture, United Artists, the company's second-ever release during its inaugural year of 1919 (Douglas Fairbanks' HIS MAJESTY, THE AMERICAN was the first). Proving Zukor wrong, the film was a massive hit for Griffith and the fledgling distributor. The film stars Richard Barthelmess as a young Chinese immigrant living in London's squalid Limehouse district who takes in abused local girl Lillian Gish. Gish had been mistreated by her brutish and hate-filled father Donald Crisp, who now trains his ire on his daughter's benefactor. DIR/SCR/PROD D.W. Griffith, from the story collection "Limehouse Nights" by Thomas Burke. U.S., 1919, b&w, 90 min. NOT RATED
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