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7th Heaven  /  A Farewell to Arms

7th Heaven
July 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

7th Heaven  (1927)

Director Frank Borzage won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Director for 7th Heaven, perhaps the purest expression of his romantic concerns.  Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor star as a street cleaner and a gamine who create their own private heaven on the seventh-floor garret of a Paris tenement that not even the horrors of WWI can completely penetrate.

Production: Fox Film Corp.  Distribution: Fox Film Corp.  Director: Frank Borzage.  Based on the play Seventh Heaven by Austin Strong.  Scenario: Benjamin Glazer.  Cinematographer: Ernest Palmer.  Editor: Katherine Hilliker.  With: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Ben Bard, David Butler, Marie Mosquini.  35mm, b/w, silent with sync score and effects, 110 min.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

A Farewell To Arms  (1932)

Director Frank Borzage infuses Ernest Hemingway’s terse style with his own lyrical romanticism in adapting the story of an ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) who begins a passionate affair with an English battlefield nurse (Helen Hayes) in WWI-ravaged Italy.  Radically trimmed by Paramount after its initial release under pressure from censors, this restored version returns the bulk of the missing footage and Borzage’s intended, transcendent ending.

Production: Paramount Productions, Inc.  A Frank Borzage Production.  Distribution: Paramount Productions, Inc.  Producer: Frank Borzage.  Director: Frank Borzage.  Based on the novel A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.  Screenwriter: Benjamin Glazer, Oliver H. P. Garrett.  Cinematographer: Charles Lang.  Art Director: Roland Anderson.  Editor: Otho Lovering, George Nicholls Jr.  With: Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips, Jack La Rue.  35mm, b/w, 88 min.