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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

7th Heaven: The Films of Frank Borzage

A Farewell to Arms  (1932)
July 10, 2015 -
September 20, 2015

Read about this retrospective in the Los Angeles Times.

The abiding theme of director Frank Borzage’s work could be summarized as “love conquers all.”  For Hollywood’s great romantic, though, this was no untested ideal.  Borzage’s characters discover, again and again, that love, truly experienced, means living without fear and Borzage (1894-1962), reflecting his times, gave them much to be afraid of.  While sweeping camera movements, soft-focus photography and sublime mise-en-scene are the recurring hallmarks that sustain the private worlds his lovers create for themselves, their reveries are born amid all manner of frankly-presented modern blight, from war to privation, that together, they come to transcend.  It’s why so many of Borzage’s films play not only like romantic fantasies but also like stiff shots to the arm.  In many ways, it could be argued, it is love that has kept much of Borzage’s celluloid legacy alive.  Of the 105 films Borzage directed, from the two-reeler The Pitch o’ Chance in 1915 to the Biblical epic The Big Fisherman in 1959, it is estimated that almost half have been lost.  Some of those that survive, including such key works as The River (1929) or The Nth Commandment (1923), exist as incomplete reconstructions.  When UCLA Film & Television Archive first devoted a career retrospective to Borzage in 1987, the accompanying program notes argued that “the number of lost titles would undoubtedly be much higher if it weren’t for the role played by the nation’s film archives in collecting and preserving our common motion picture heritage.”  The Archive is proud to have contributed to this global effort in regards to Borzage’s extraordinary career having preserved 10 of Borzage’s feature films, including Humoresque (1920), Liliom (1930) and A Farewell to Arms (1932).  As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we return again to Borzage to present all of his films the Archive has restored, along with many more classics in tribute to one of the most distinctive stylists in American cinema history.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
Moonrise  (1948)

I've Always Loved You  /  Moonrise

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Disputed Passage  (1939)

Strange Cargo  /  Disputed Passage

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Humoresque  (1920)

Humoresque  /  The Nth Commandment

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Three Comrades  (1938)

Three Comrades  /  The Mortal Storm

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
History is Made at Night  (1937)

History Is Made At Night  /  Desire

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Little Man, What Now?  (1934)

Little Man, What Now?  /  No Greater Glory

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
After Tomorrow  (1932)

After Tomorrow  /  Song O' My Heart

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Man's Castle  (1933)

Man's Castle  /  Young America

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Bad Girl  (1931)

Bad Girl  /  Secrets

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Lucky Star (1929)

Lucky Star  /  The River

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Street Angel (1928)

Street Angel  /  Liliom

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Lazybones (1925)

Lazybones  /  Secrets

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
7th Heaven

7th Heaven  /  A Farewell to Arms

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater