2 x Borzage
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History is Made at Night (1937)
A swooning mash-up of comedy, melodrama, farce and tragedy, History is Made At Night defies narrative logic in favor of love’s more unpredictable ways. After an unhappily married American woman (Jean Arthur) meets a debonair Parisian maitre d’ (Charles Boyer), not her murderously jealous husband, a bad bouillabaisse, or an iceberg in the Atlantic, could keep them apart.
Production: Walter Wanger Productions, Inc. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Producer: Frank Borzage. Director: Frank Borzage. Screenwriter: Gene Towne, Graham Baker. Cinematographer: Gregg Toland. Art Director: Alexander Toluboff. Editor: Margaret Clancey. Music: Alfred Newman. With: Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur, Leo Carrillo, Colin Clive, Ivan Lebedeff. 35mm, b/w, 97 min.
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Production: The Pickford Corp. A Frank Borzage Production. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Producer: Frank Borzage. Director: Frank Borzage. Based on the play Secrets by Rudolf Besier and May Edginton. Screenwriter: Frances Marion. Cinematographer: Ray June. Art Direction: Richard Day. Editor: Hugh Bennett. Music: Alfred Newman. With: Mary Pickford, Leslie Howard, C. Aubrey Smith, Blanche Friderici, Doris Lloyd.
In her final screen appearance Mary Pickford plays the daughter of a 19th century New England shipping magnate whisked away to California by Leslie Howard’s office clerk. From a fairytale opening to the brutalism of the frontier, director Frank Borzage strikes a number of registers in returning to Besier and Eddington’s play to chart love’s perseverance from first bloom to old age.
35mm, b/w, 90 min.