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7th Heaven (1927)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Seventh Heaven  »

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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 »

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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Featured in Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008) See more »

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Diane
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
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remarkable film
11 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This could have been something awful. It's high schmaltz, really fever-pitched melodrama, and the plot relies on a huge number of coincidences. But it all works beautifully, through a perfect combination of acting, directing, and photography, not to mention the incredible lighting and set design. This is one of the great silent movies, and one of the great screen romances. Janet Gaynor had quite a year in 1927, turning in fantastic performances in this, as well as F. W. Murnau's Sunrise. 10/10

A year later, Buster Keaton in The Cameraman would do a brilliant spoof of the famous staircase crane shot from Seventh Heaven.


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