Broken Blossoms. 1919. USA. Directed by D. W. Griffith

As of 2008, Stuart Oderman, MoMA’s senior piano accompanist and the author of several books on cinema, has been playing original silent-film scores for 50 years. To mark this anniversary, the Department of Film asked Oderman which film he would most like to accompany. Appropriately, he chose Broken Blossoms; it was after a MoMA screening of that film that Oderman met its star, Lillian Gish, who in turn introduced him to Arthur Kleiner, MoMA’s legendary pianist. Kleiner encouraged Oderman to become a silent film accompanist—and the rest is history.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Departrment of Film.

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