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English (English subtitles)
Although Broken Blossoms' director DW Griffith was known as one of the most spectacular film-makers of the silent era, this 1919 movie is actually surprisingly low-key - and all the more moving for it. The story concerns Cheng Huan, a young Buddhist who leaves China to spread the word about his faith and ends up living in the poor and violent area of Limehouse in London. There, he meets a young girl, Lucy, who takes refuge with him from her drunken father - who Cheng will eventually have to confront. An early silent classic, this movie is completely different in pace and tone from most modern films, but its themes are timeless.
Silent, with English intertitles.
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