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
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Expect a Big Picture. We personally assure you that you'll not be disappointed in "7th Heaven"
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For Chico and Diane's dramatic ascent to the apartment loft - the titular "7th Heaven" - a three-story elevator scaffold was constructed that would be able to follow the pair from the ground level to the apartment door on the top floor. The camera dollies forward onto an elevator platform and then is raised (via a system of ropes and pulleys) through the vertical set, viewing actors Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell as they climb the long spiral staircase, as though the viewer is passing through each floor on the ascent. Action is staged with background actors on various floors to give the impression that the set is an actual lived-in building, and a lighting gag (where Farrell lights a match in a darkened alcove) is used to mask a cut in order to give the audience the experience of a continuous, flowing camera movement up to the sky. See more
I'm not used to being happy... it's funny... it hurts!
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee See more