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1927 (Germany) See more »
"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 »
A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
Austin Strong (play)

Benjamin Glazer (screenplay)

H.H. Caldwell  titles
Katherine Hilliker  titles
Bernard Vorhaus  uncredited

Produced by
William Fox .... producer
Sol M. Wurtzel .... supervising producer
Original Music by
William P. Perry 
Erno Rapee 
R.H. Bassett (premiere: Los Angeles) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
Joseph A. Valentine 
Film Editing by
H.H. Caldwell 
Katherine Hilliker 
Art Direction by
Harry Oliver 
Freddie Stoos (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Kathleen Kay 
Bert Offord (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Peggy Christman .... hair stylist
Kitty Thompson .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director
Park Frame .... assistant director
Special Effects by
Louis J. Witte .... matte paintings
David Anderson .... lighting (uncredited)
Max Borch .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Joe Les Coulie .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Walter Pallman .... miniatures (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stanley Little .... assistant camera
Julian Robinson .... assistant camera
Harold D. Schuster .... assistant camera
Max M. Autrey .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Philip Klein .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
S.L. Rothafel .... musical presentation: New York premiere
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator: Erno Rapee score (uncredited)
Other crew
André Chotin .... technician

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110 min
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The first film pairing of Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.See more »
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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Just first rate all around...the Gaynor/Farrell pairing at its best, 9 June 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

7th Heaven (1927)

Coming at the end of the silent era, we might expect a film of the highest order in that silent era sense, untainted by sound, depending on gesture and action to keep the plot going. And Seventh Heaven really is a great film. It's complex, subtle, beautiful, and not clunky, not a bit what some people picture when they think of silent films.

It also is a great love story. Janet Gaynor was becoming a big star (she won best actress for this performance among others that year) and her counterpart Charles Farrell is a convincing charming actor. It's Paris 1914 when we begin, and that's not half bad. Then there are some early versions of the war, including some scenes with flame throwers that ought to surprise everyone.

What becomes of our two leads as they struggle to stay together during all this is for you to see, but it's told with economy (even at two hours the movie never drags) and with touching honesty. The director, Frank Borzage, made a whole bunch of good films during the 1930s, in the sound era, but this shows a real mastery of the earlier basics of cinema. Credit also goes also the cinematographer Ernest Palmer, a lesser known veteran who made the most of a lot of great sets and a range of interior and exterior scenes. Keep an eye on that, especially a moment toward the beginning where the camera follows the actors up the circular stairs, floor after floor, seamlessly. This will be echoed with perfection at the end of the film, so it's not just showing off.

And keep some Kleenex handy. It'll get to you.

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