Honestly, this is the saddest movie scene I have ever seen.
It’s from D.W. Griffith’s 1919 movie Broken Blossoms.
It’s a pretty simple plot: a young English girl, Lucy (Lillian Gish), and a Chinese immigrant, Cheng Huan (Richard Barthelmess) fall in love in the slums of London. Lucy is habitually abused by her father and seeks sanctuary with Cheng. Lucy’s dad, a prizefighter, can’t stand the thought of his daughter with anybody, let alone a “Yellow Man”, and goes to Cheng’s place and forcibly takes her back to his nasty apartment.
The scene I’m referencing takes place after Lucy’s dad Battling Burrows has taken her home. It’s really terrifying. I watched it again tonight and it had me totally freaked out. Lillian Gish is unbelievable as an abused child as she hides in the closet as her dad pounds on the door, trying to get to her. It’s so incredibly real.
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What movie scenes do you guys find really sad?