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Broken Blossoms

D.W. Griffith, 1919. What is it about deranged, axe-wielding men demolishing locked doors protecting terrified women? Turns out Sjöström was not the first to do it either. It was instead Griffith, who seems to be the first to do a lot of things – including making a film about interracial romance between an English waif and a Chinese opium addict.


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