Northwestern University

Sat 3:00 PM

History Is Made at Night

When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Cost: w/ wildcard $4; w/o wildcard $6

Contact: Block Cinema Office   847.491.4000

Group: Block Cinema

Category: Fine Arts


(Frank Borzage, 1937, USA, 35mm, 97 min.)

Hailed as the great romantic of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Frank Borzage outdid himself with this radiant masterpiece. Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur star as would-be lovers, but Arthur is married to an intolerable shipping magnate (Colin Clive) and the pair’s budding romance is cut short after a single night on the town. The film culminates on an ocean liner (in a scene referencing the Titanic), where external forces again threaten their happiness. Borzage’s cinema is one of pure emotion, achingly realized through his mastery of lighting, framing, and camera movement. “It is melodrama, certainly, but melodrama played with so much conviction and exquisite sensitivity that all the viewer's defenses are destroyed.” —Dave Kehr

35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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