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7th Heaven (1927)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1927 (Germany)
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A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

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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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"7th Heaven" is the eighth wonder of the movie world...inspiring from start to finish...If you don't see it you've seen nothing in the moving picture line. -- The N.Y. Evening Telegram See more »

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Although it was originally released as a traditional silent film, this movie became one of the first feature films with a recorded soundtrack when the Fox Film Corporation re-released it with a soundtrack utilizing the company's pioneering Movietone technology. This sound-on-film innovation had up until that point been used for newsreels and film shorts, and would give new life to this already successful film. The synced audio track here included a musical score by Erno Rapee as well as select use of sound effects, but no spoken dialog. (Many later silent film productions and re-releases would have dialog scenes dubbed or newly shot in order to capitalize on the sound movie craze.) The Movietone version of 7th Heaven (1927) was released on September 10, 1927. Warner Bros. breakthrough "talkie" film The Jazz Singer (1927) hit theaters in October of that same year. See more »

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German Soldier: They're on our heels! The whole French army - in taxicabs!
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Referenced in Days of Youth (1929) See more »

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Diane
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
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One of the great screen romances and blockbuster hits
21 September 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This was an immensely popular film in 1927, helping to win Janet Gaynor the first Best Actress Oscar (won for a trio of performances) plus Oscars for Direction and Writing Adaptation. Nominations went to the film itself and the Art Direction. For those who love great romances this fits the bill in a very LA BOHEME-ish way. Set amongst the rooftops and attics of Paris, this is the story of Chico and Diane, how he picks her up out of the gutter and falls in love with her, how he goes to war and returns blinded but reunited. Not much of a plot, is there? However, there is enough charm and beauty to still dazzle, although it is a bit overlong and can seem tedious to modern audiences. It is certainly a part of film history and should be seen by all fans of silent films. Silent film collector, Peter Kavel, provides it on video for interested parties.


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