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History Is Made at Night (1937)
February 14, 2013 - 7:30 pm

“In Borzage, there is no higher purpose than love—nothing exists beyond love, everything else is ephemeral.”—Kent Jones, Film Comment.

Preservation funded by the American Film Institute/National Endowment for the Arts Preservation Grants program

History Is Made at Night (1937)

Directed by Frank Borzage

A swooning mash-up of comedy, melodrama, farce and tragedy, History Is Made at Night defies narrative logic to emerge, in Andrew Sarris’ words, “a profound expression of Borzage’s commitment to love over probability.” After an unhappily married American woman (Arthur) meets a debonair Parisian maitre d’ (Boyer), not her murderously jealous husband, a bad bouillabaisse, or an iceberg in the Atlantic, could keep them apart. Love means never having to apologize for impossible plot twists!

Walter Wanger Productions, Inc. Screenwriter: Gene Towne. Cinematographer: David Abel, Gregg Toland. Editor:  Margaret Clancey. Cast: Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur, Leo Carrillo, Colin Clive, Ivan Lebedeff. 

35mm, b/w, 97 min.

Preservation funded by American Film Institute/National Endowment for the Arts Preservation Grants program

Secrets (1933)

Directed by Frank Borzage

Borzage’s remake of his 1924 silent adaptation of the Besier-Edington play marked the final screen appearance of America’s sweetheart, Mary Pickford. As the daughter of a 19th century New England shipping magnate, Pickford, in bows and curls, elopes with Leslie Howard’s office clerk, who whisks her away to California to make his fortune. From a fairytale opening to the realism of the frontier, Borzage strikes a number of registers as he explores the perseverance of love from first bloom to old age.

The Pickford Corp. Screenwriter: Frances Marion, Salisbury Field, Leonard Praskins. Cinematographer: Ray June. Editor:  Hugh Bennett. Cast: Mary Pickford, Leslie Howard, C. Aubrey Smith, Blanche Friderici, Doris Lloyd. 

35mm, b/w, 85 min.