They Must Be Destroyed On Sight!

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TMBDOS! Episode 192: “Broken Blossoms” (1919) & “Within Our Gates” (1920).

January 27th, 2020

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Lee and Daniel return to look at some more silent films. This week it's two very notable examples of early films dealing with race relations. First off it's D.W. Griffith's "Broken Blossoms" (1919), and then they tackle Oscar Micheaux's "Within Our Gates" (1920). How drunk does Lee have to get in this recording in order to handle some of the awful things that pop up in both films? Topics include Griffith's legacy and the importance of films that are well-made, but clearly still racist as fuck; Lillian Gish's acting chops; yellowface; Micheaux being critical of ideas from fellow Blacks about their place in America in his day; and how we give you, the listener, the audio "long sex". What we've watched recently and listener comments are also gone over.

"Broken Blossoms" IMDB

"Within Our Gates" IMDB

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Featured Music: "Redrum" & "Knife Chase" by Tom Waits; "White Blossom" by D.W. Griffith; and "Alabama" by Neil Young.