BROKEN BLOSSOMS

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 11:30 AM,

MONDAY, MARCH 16  7 PM,

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 9 PM.

D.W. Griffith’s 1919 silent film deals with a topic that was taboo a century ago: a relationship between a Chinese man (Richard Barthelmess, in yellowface) and a street urchin (Lillian Gish, a superstar of the era) on the run from her abusive father. The racial dynamics of the film are handled with all the sensitivity one would expect from the director of Birth of a Nation, but Gish, her frowsy curls crammed under a giant Annie Hall hat, proves why she was such an in-demand damsel-in-distress.

1919 Dir. D.W. Griffith. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 90 min. Silent with music track.