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7th Heaven

Posted by martinteller on February 14, 2010

A satisfying mix of melodrama, action and comedy.  A sewer worker rescues a young lady from her villainous sister, and naturally a romance blooms.  I didn’t care for the religious sentiments, or the somewhat anti-feminist values, but both these elements are fairly slight in view of the larger picture.  Chico and Diane (affably portrayed by Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor) make a charming couple and watching their relationship develop and overcome hurdles is a pleasure.  Borzage demonstrates some very impressive camera technique, most strikingly in the loooong crane shot up Chico’s stairwell.  I still don’t really get into silent cinema that much, but this is one of the better ones.  Rating: 8

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