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Broken Blossoms [DVD]

Arthur Margetson , Basil Radford , John Brahm    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Actors: Arthur Margetson, Basil Radford, Edith Sharpe, Ernest Jay
  • Directors: John Brahm
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Renown Productions Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004PYHHI0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This 1936 Twickenham production Produced by Julius Hagen who put together a fine team of technicians. Hagen a German, called upon several countrymen, Hans Brahm Director, Curt Courant Photography then on screen Dolly Haas, and our own master of the scissors Ralph Kemplen. Comparisons are made to the DW Griffith version which seems unnecessary. The early model work is not the best but enjoy this fine but not "pc" production. The picture and sound have been restored to a very good quality for a title of this age.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Chinese immigrant Chen has just arrived in the gritty streets of 19th century London. The harsh urban life soon changes the devout Buddhist, who believes that "to be alive on this Earth is a beautiful thing," into a callous and miserly businessman. When Chen meets Lucy, the daughter of prize-fighter Battling Burrows, she helps him regain his moral compass. A beautiful young woman, Lucy is at the mercy of her abusive father, who routinely humiliates and assaults his daughter. Chen, seeking a way to save Lucy, finds himself fighting against the cruel forces of capitalism and entrenched anti-Chinese sentiment. ...Broken Blossoms


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4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish remake of the Griffith's classic 2 July 2012
By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE
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Broken Blossoms was made in 1936 at Twickenham Film Studios and is essentially a remake of D.W.Griffith's celebrated silent film of the same title, itself based on a story called The Chink And The Child from Thomas Burke's Limehouse Nights. Griffith's film is rightly famed for its visual poetry and for the delicacy and pathos of its central performances (Richard Barthelmess as the "Chink" and Lilian Gish as the "Child") and I believe this remake was mounted in the expectation that Griffith himself would direct it. The story concerns a Chinese buddhist who comes to England in the hope of propagating his creed of peace and compassion but who rapidly becomes disillusioned by the racism and brutality he encounters living in London's Limehouse area. He falls in love with a beautiful but simple-minded English waif who lives with her violent father, a boxer. The Chinaman and the waif are two lost souls who find comfort in each other and inevitably their relationship leads to tragedy.

British movies of the 30s, perhaps discouraged by the censorship of the time, rarely tackled themes relating to the great political or social issues of the day and one is often surprised at the curious subject matter which our leading studios deemed to be commercial (lavish productions for example like Chu Chin Chow or Jew Suess.) This remake of Broken Blossoms is one such curiosity although it has a grittiness and level of realism not often encountered in British movies of the period. After some rather unconvincing opening scenes set in China, the director and his set designer do a fine job of evoking the atmosphere of the London Docklands and Chinatown of the period and this remake, at least visually, can often stand comparison with Griffith's masterpiece.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Please don't do it daddy! 16 Sep 2010
By Mr. Yotsuya - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a sound remake of D.W Griffith's 1919 classic film. While this version isn't nearly as good as the original it is still worth watching if you are a fan of the original. This DVD has muffled sound, but I could still follow the story because I already seen the original film.
3.0 out of 5 stars Emlyn Williams stars as the refined Chinaman . . . 30 Sep 2009
By J. Faulk - Published on Amazon.com
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. . . but the dvd case fails to name him. He also wrote the script, after D. W. Griffith's classic Broken Blossoms (1919), in turn based on a short story, The Chink and the Child (1915). This 1936 British film is a first class production, but of course the story looks simplistic to us now. Congrats to Alpha Home Entertainment for turning up this rarity for dedicated movie lovers.
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