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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.

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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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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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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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Referenced in Final Fantasy VII (1997) See more »

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Diane
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
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The golden yardstick for measuring love stories!
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This love story is so much a product of its' era, a time of innocence and charm. The leads, Gaynor and Farrell, are simply perfect as the lovers who are parted by World War I. Janet Gaynor is beautiful and Charles Farrell is handsome. SEVENTH HEAVEN has it all: prostitution, romance, war, a sadistic whipping, and religion. It is melodramatic, to be sure, but this is part of the charm. It is a winner of multiple 1st Academy Awards, and deserves to be seen on DVD in a Fox release. Perhaps if we wrote to Fox Home Entertainment. They allowed that abysmal tape of SEVENTH HEAVEN to be circulated by Critics Choice. It's time to correct a bad judgment.


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