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Street Angel  /  Liliom

Street Angel (1928)
July 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Street Angel  (1928)

Lyrical and visually ravishing, Street Angel teams Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell as a poor Neapolitan waif on the run and the painter who idealizes her in his art.  When her past catches up to them, his image of her is shattered but true love nevertheless triumphs in this emotionally delicate variation on director Frank Borzage’s characteristic theme: the apotheosis of the romantic couple.

Production: Fox Film Corp.  Distribution: Fox Film Corp.  Producer: Frank Borzage. Director: Frank Borzage.  Based on the novel Cristilinda by Monckton Hoffe.  Scenario: Philip Klein.  Adaptation: Henry Roberts Symonds.  Cinematographer: Ernest Palmer.  Editor: Barney Wolf.  With: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Alberto Rabagliati, Gino Conti, Guido Trento.  35mm, b/w, silent with sync score and effects, 102 min.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the AFI/NEA Film Preservation Grants Program, in cooperation with 20th Century Fox.

Liliom  (1930)

Director Frank Borzage brings equal measures of visual dazzle to the profane and the divine in his adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s play about the life, death and afterlife of Liliom, a ne’er-do-well carnival barker.  After brutalizing and squandering the true love of Julie (Rose Hobart) in life, Liliom is brought back to earth to perform one good deed to gain entry to heaven.

Production: Fox Film Corp.  Distribution: Fox Film Corp.  Producer: Frank Borzage.  Directed by Frank Borzage.  Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnár.  Continuity: Sonya Levien.  Dialogue: S. N. Behrman.  Cinematographer: Chester Lyons.  Editor: Margaret V. Clancey.  With: Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, Estelle Taylor, Lee Tracy, James Marcus.  35mm, b/w, 94 min.