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History Is Made At Night  /  Desire

History is Made at Night  (1937)
September 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the American Film Institute/National Endowment for the Arts Preservation Grants program.

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.

Desire  (1936)

Director Frank Borzage demonstrated the range of his talent with this sophisticated romantic comedy in the manner of Ernst Lubitsch, who, not incidentally, served as the film’s producer.  Gary Cooper displays ample comic gifts as a decent if naive American businessman opposite Marlene Dietrich’s elegant Continental jewel thief trying to retrieve the pearls she has surreptitiously stashed in Cooper’s pocket.

Production: Paramount Productions, Inc.  A Frank Borzage Production.  Distribution: Paramount Productions, Inc.  Producer: Ernst Lubitsch, Frank Borzage.  Director: Frank Borzage.  Based on the play Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez by Hans Székely and Robert A. Stemmle.  Screenwriter:  Edwin Justus Mayer, Waldemar Young, Samuel Hoffenstein.  Cinematographer: Charles Lang.  Art Director: Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Editor: William Shea.  With: Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, John Halliday, William Frawley, Ernest Cossart.  35mm, b/w, 89 min.