Silent Light

Frank Borzage at Fox, in the shadow of Sunrise and on the brink of sound
by Michael Atkinson   posted Dec 16, 2008

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Thanks must go to Fox for the incredible DVD set and to Mr. Atkinson for a most illuminating article. For those who suffered through the decades of the "Borzage eclipse," fostered by cynical critics unwilling or incapable of recognizing romanticism as a high and relevant art in the Twentieth Century, it is a miracle to see Borzage masterworks receive just praise. It is also a miracle that LUCKY STAR was rediscovered and restored after 62 years! What's next? Sternberg's CASE OF LENA SMITH? Murnau's FOUR DEVILS? Welles's complete MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS? Stroheim's eight-hour GREED?
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Janet Gaynor (right) in Frank Borzage's Seventh Heaven
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Michael Atkinson is the author/editor of six books, including Ghosts in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema (Limelight Eds., 2000), Flickipedia (Chicago Review Press, 2007), Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood (SUNY Press, 2008), and the novels from St. Martin's Press Hemingway Deadlights and Hemingway Cutthroat.

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