Broken Blossoms

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A pale shadow of Griffith's film, with Haas struggling vainly to emulate the limpid Lillian Gish, and Williams (who also scripted) coming a ludicrous cropper compared to the marvellously expressive passivity of Richard Barthelmess' Chinaman. With no performances to speak of, the whole rickety structure collapses like a pricked balloon. Very pleasing to the eye, all the same, with Brahm giving the whole thing a moody veneer of UFA expressionism.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 78 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Brahm
Screenwriter: Emlyn Williams
Cast: Dolly Haas
Emlyn Williams
Arthur Margetson
Gibb McLaughlin
Donald Calthrop
Ernest Sefton
Jerry Verno
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