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7th Heaven (1927)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 30 October 1927 (USA)
A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

Director:

Frank Borzage

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Austin Strong (play), Benjamin Glazer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Diane
Charles Farrell ... Chico
Albert Gran ... Papa Boul, the Taxi Driver
David Butler ... Gobin, the Street Washer
Marie Mosquini ... Madame Gobin
Gladys Brockwell ... Nana
Emile Chautard ... Father Chevillon, the Priest
Ben Bard ... Colonel Brissac
George E. Stone ... Sewer Rat
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Storyline

In Paris, in the early years of the twentieth century, lives Chico, a sewer worker with lofty aspirations. One night, Chico saves a young prostitute named Diane from the murderous rage of her tyrannical sister. Despite her lifestyle, Diane is honest and innocent, and when the police arrive to arrest her, Chico spontaneously claims that she is his wife. Forced to maintain this facade or else both face prison sentences, Chico reluctantly allows Diane to live with him -- and in the process, love gradually blossoms between them. However, the dark spectre of World War I has begun to descend upon France, and Chico and Diane cannot help but fall under its shadow. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Never Look Down- Always Look Up! (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 9 October 1927) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seventh Heaven See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Received the most nominations of any film at the first Academy Awards ceremony, with five. See more »

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Title Card: For those who will climb it, there is a ladder leading from the depths to the heights - from the sewer to the stars - the ladder of Courage.
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Referenced in The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) See more »

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Diane
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
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Just first rate all around...the Gaynor/Farrell pairing at its best
9 June 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

7th Heaven (1927)

Coming at the end of the silent era, we might expect a film of the highest order in that silent era sense, untainted by sound, depending on gesture and action to keep the plot going. And Seventh Heaven really is a great film. It's complex, subtle, beautiful, and not clunky, not a bit what some people picture when they think of silent films.

It also is a great love story. Janet Gaynor was becoming a big star (she won best actress for this performance among others that year) and her counterpart Charles Farrell is a convincing charming actor. It's Paris 1914 when we begin, and that's not half bad. Then there are some early versions of the war, including some scenes with flame throwers that ought to surprise everyone.

What becomes of our two leads as they struggle to stay together during all this is for you to see, but it's told with economy (even at two hours the movie never drags) and with touching honesty. The director, Frank Borzage, made a whole bunch of good films during the 1930s, in the sound era, but this shows a real mastery of the earlier basics of cinema. Credit also goes also the cinematographer Ernest Palmer, a lesser known veteran who made the most of a lot of great sets and a range of interior and exterior scenes. Keep an eye on that, especially a moment toward the beginning where the camera follows the actors up the circular stairs, floor after floor, seamlessly. This will be echoed with perfection at the end of the film, so it's not just showing off.

And keep some Kleenex handy. It'll get to you.


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