BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919): GRIFFITH AND CONSCIOUS EXPRESSIVENESS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF CLASSICISM Articles uri icon

authors

  • GOMEZ, CARLOS
  • URBIZU JAUREGUI, ENRIQUE

publication date

  • June 2019

start page

  • 31

end page

  • 46

issue

  • 27

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1885-3730

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2340-6992

abstract

  • The films D. W. Griffith made after Intolerance (1916) usually attract little interest. However, in 1919, when the so-called classical tine s era had just barely begun, the American filmmaker released Brok Blossoms, a film that is characterised by a systematic and deliberate experimental quality, which encapsulates and at the same time amplifies many of the expressive innovations that appear sporadically in his earlier films. This article offers an analysis of the different de ments of the mise-en scene in Broken Blossoms, which, in a quest for a greater expressiveness of the image, go far beyond a purely functional role and break with classical norms, thereby placing Griffith's work in frontier territory between two different modes of representation.

keywords

  • d. w. griffith; broken blossoms; mise-en-scene; expressiveness; classical cinema; primitive mode of representation