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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

Writers:

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Quotes

Chico: Don't you want to marry me?
Diane: But you never said... you love me. Couldn't you say it - just once?
Chico: I can't say it! It's too silly.
[walks around the room]
Chico: Well, this way then... Chico - Diane - Heaven!
Diane: Say it again! Say it again!
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Diane
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
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I work in a sewer...
28 February 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...but I live near the stars.

Another sublime work by John Borzage,one of the greatest directors America has ever had.

Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor were the romantic couple of that era.Both were able to transcend the limitations they were working under,that is to say ,to convey any emotion without using voices.

The soundtrack is particularly good including military marches ("la Madelon" sung in French,"La Marche Lorraine")as well as French folk songs ("J'ai Du Bon Tabac" "Fanfan La Tulipe")and even opera arias.

Remarkable scenes:

Gaynor,sadistically whipped by her sister ,and the relatives from South America,who would not take in those whores Chico (Farrell)discussing faith with his fellow men in the streets at night ,and the "miracle" : the priest telling him he would become a street-washer."The Bon Dieu" (in French in all the lines) cares about you!).

Chico and Diane in the boy's apartment on the seventh floor : this is probably the most romantic scene in the whole silent age ,with the eventual exception of the scene in the church in Murnau's "Daybreak" which also featured Gaynor.These extraordinary lines by Chico: "I work in a sewer but I live near the stars.

The historical episode of "les Taxis de la Marne" and the old man speaking of his old car :" She gave her life for France" .

More than "the river" the complete version of which is unfortunately impossible to see,"Seventh Heaven" contained the seeds of what Borzage (and others) would do later The lovers against a hostile world subject reappear in "little man what now?" and "Mortal Storm" .All in all,the woman is stronger than the man ,it's her who builds the couple ;here,Chico did not want to say "I love you" ,he thought it was silly.And he is a remarkable fellow though; the loyal male friendship between Gobin and Chico predates the extraordinary camaraderie depicted in "three comrades" The priest and Chico's road to Damascus ,we will find them back in "Strange Crago" ,where Borzage's Christian concerns admirably emerge again.

The telepathy,the supreme hour (the French title is "l'Heure Suprême" ) when the two lovers,although they are worlds apart,during which they are "together" not only influenced Henry Hathaway for "Peter Ibbetson" but also predates Borzage's own " I'll always loved you" where the two heroes communicate by music.

The last pictures are so strong we do not know at first if it's reality or if Chico takes Diane away into a dream...or onto the true Seventh Heaven.

But we,the audience, we were in the Seventh Heaven .Borzage was a genius,period.


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