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Rare Gems on DVD

Our users have spoken, and we have listened. You want to see rare and hard to find films, and we have created for you the Silent Gems Collection, available on eBay. This DVD collection includes rare and for the first time available films with our stars, as well as other silent masterpieces. These are high quality films that are hard to find anywhere else. Please click on this link to see the collection: Silent Gems Collection

Important Update:

You don't have to leave our website in order to obtain the films from our Silent Gems Collection. These gems are now available to our users as a reward for donation. For details click here.

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    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

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   Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess


Directed by               D. W. Griffith
Produced by             Adolph Zukor
Scenario by               D. W. Griffith          
Based on                    the short story “The Chink and the Child” by Thomas Burke
Starring                     Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Cinematography       Billy Bitzer
Editing by                  James Smith
Distributed by           United Artists
Release date               20 October 1919
Running time             90 min.
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles


"Broken Blossoms" (1919) is a poignant drama made for mature audiences, directed by D. W. Griffith.  This film illustrates the work of our star cinematographer Billy Bitzer. 


Cheng (Richard Barthelmess) leaves his native China to spread the peaceful teachings of Buddha.  In London, working as a store keeper, he is soon crushed by life's realities, from which he escapes temporarily using opium.  

In the same neighborhood lives a tender young girl named Lucy (Lillian Gish), who is constantly abused by her brutal father (Donald Crisp).  One day, after being mercilessly whipped by him, Lucy wanders the streets and collapses in Cheng's home.  He nurses her back to health and the two outcast souls develop a tender platonic bond.  For Lucy this is the first time in her life that someone is good to her, and for Cheng this revives his forgotten youthful dreams.  

The dreams end abruptly when Lucy's father learns that she is with the Chinese man and the end is tragic. 

This is a heartbreaking story of despair, hope, love and tragedy.  The film has not lost any of its luster almost a century after its release.

The film is ranked number 21 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.

In 1996, "Broken Blossoms" (1919) was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".  The film enjoys a strong rating in IMDB.


Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919) on IMDb



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   Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess

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