Broken Blossoms

Directed by D. W. Griffith

Year: 1919
Running Time: 90
Color Type: Tinted B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English intertitles [audio]
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Broken Blossoms

Richard Barthelmess
Lillian Gish
Donald Crisp

Composed by Joseph Turrin
Directed by D. W. Griffith


D. W. Griffith reached a pinnacle of expressiveness in this tender yet tragic tale of love and suffering in the seedy Limehouse district of London.

Richard Barthelmess gives a sensitive portrayal of a Chinese man who travels to England to spread the pacifist teachings of the Orient, but it is Lillian Gish who illuminates the screen. In this, the most heart-rending performance of her career, she plays a fifteen-year-old street urchin who longs to escape her miserable existence. Emotionally scarred by the torment and neglect of her abusive father (Donald Crisp), she collapses in the shop of the lonely and disillusioned "yellow man." As he tenderly nurses her back to health, an unspoken romance flowers between them, awakening in each of them feelings of love they thought themselves forever denied.

In some ways, Broken Blossoms was Griffith's response to critics of The Birth Of A Nation, an effort to clear himself of lingering charges of racism. However, cinematic convention forbade physical intimacy between the two races. With this in mind, Griffith took what might have been a bold interracial romance and turned it into something more ethereal: a form of cinematic poetry that engages the viewer through subtle gestures and changes of expression, meticulously choreographed and gracefully assembled.

Featuring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp. This exclusive Kino on Video edition was digitally remastered from a 35mm print at the correct projection speed, with color tints and a new score by Joseph Turrin, recorded in digital stereo.

Hi-Res Poster

Hi-Res Images

Trailer Embed Code

Interested in bringing Broken Blossoms to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Broken Blossoms may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 18 2018 at 4:01pm
RT' @ktcfilm': We had the second best per-theater average of all new independent films this weekend! Thank you to everyone who turned out and…
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 18 2018 at 3:57pm
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 18 2018 at 12:44pm
Now on #Bluray: 50th anniversary edition of THE LION IN WINTER starring Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony H…''
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 18 2018 at 12:43pm
RT' @ktcfilm': KEEP THE CHANGE is now playing at the' @QuadCinema', screens Tue/Thu at the' @MM_JCCManhattan' and coming soon to select cities! #…
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 17 2018 at 8:15pm
RT' @ktcfilm': "We're trying to show the world that we're the same as everyone else. We have the same hopes and dreams and we all want to fin…
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 17 2018 at 8:15pm
RT' @DavidLeonGill': A review of' @KinoLorber's' new Blu-ray of It's the Old Army Game, starring W. C. Fields and Louise Brooks over at' @zekefi…'
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 17 2018 at 1:42pm
RT' @ktcfilm': We've got two more Q&As with the cast and crew at today's 3pm + 7:05pm shows at the' @QuadCinema'. Last night's sold out so get…
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 17 2018 at 11:48am
Louise Brooks stars in W.C. Fields's uproarious silent comedy Old Army Game (1926), now out on Blu-ray and DVD:…''
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 17 2018 at 11:18am
RT' @DVDBeaver': William Wellman's Stingaree on Blu-ray!' @KinoLorber''' But the real star is Irene Dunne as Hilda Bouver…
'@KinoLorber' on Mar. 17 2018 at 11:18am
RT' @padflix2000': It's the weekend, I have no work to do, the kids are away and the postman just brought me 624 minutes of The Master on' @Ki…'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing or calling 212-629-6880.


Please visit our educational site at

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Fax: 212-714-0871