DIRECTOR: D. W. GRIFFITH
CAST: LILLIAN GISH, RICHARD BARTHELMESS, DONALD CRISP
Broken Blossoms will feature live piano accompaniment by Nicholas Sosin.
Perhaps the most famous Chinese character in early American cinema was embodied by one Richard Barthelmess, cast against racial type as the lone friend of Lillian Gish’s poor wastrel, ceaselessly hounded by her bestial father in the slums of London’s Limehouse. Among Griffith’s best and most beautiful films, which finds the master of spectacle and sprawl forgetting his epic ambitions to work with rare delicacy and emotional intimacy.
Broken Blossoms is screening as part of the series Imaginary Chinatown.
Nicholas Sosin is a pianist/guitarist/composer/singer who has performed at MoMA, Isabella Rossellini's Early Girl Farm, Bologna's Cinema Ritrovato, The All My Friends Are Stars Music Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, Tarrytwon Music Hall, and others. He has worked with the noted silent film musicians Joanna Seaton and Donald Sosin, who happen to be his parents. He is also an accomplished photographer and filmmaker. You can follow his reggae/hip hop band All My Friends Are Stars on instagram @allmyfriendsarestars.