Wednesday, 25 July 2018

A link to an excellent report on Bologna's 2018 edition of IL CINEMA RITROVATO and a special mention of Frank Borzage's 7th HEAVEN

Here's the link to a terrific report by David Cairns

The para that got my nostalgic juices flowing is this one about the screening of Frank Borage's 7th Heaven, transferred to the local Opera House after the planned outdoor screening in the Piazza Maggiore was cancelled when rain threatened.

In a bit of real-life drama, 7th Heaven, Frank Borzage's 1927 melodrama, was postponed owing to thunderstorms: the open-air performance with Timothy Brock's live orchestral score was rescheduled to the spectacular Teatro Communale opera house, and made for an overwhelming occasion. By really entering into the film's unashamed melodrama, Brock transported us back in time to meet Borzage's romantic vision on its own ground. Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, and Fox Films' rendition of Paris sparkled in a new MoMA restoration, the crowning jewel of a season which shone a fresh light on many more obscure, even minor works. Often, these films seemed to turn a beady eye on the modern audience and address as directly."

Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, 7th Heaven

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