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Release Date:
9 April 1928 (USA) See more »
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Not Just Another "Motion Picture" -- "Street Angel Is the Masterpiece of All Time" See more »
Plot:
A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Back in Heaven with Janet Gaynor See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Janet Gaynor ... Angela

Charles Farrell ... Gino
Natalie Kingston ... Lisetta
Henry Armetta ... Mascetto
Guido Trento ... Neri the Police Sergeant
Alberto Rabagliati ... Policeman
Louis Liggett ... Beppo
Milton Dickinson ... Bimbo
Helena Herman ... Andrea
Dave Kashner ... The Strong Man
Jennie Bruno ... Landlady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrius Alexis ... Museum waiter (uncredited)
Italia Frandi ... (uncredited)
Venezia Frandi ... (uncredited)
Frankie Genardi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
H.H. Caldwell  titles
Katherine Hilliker  titles
Monckton Hoffe  play "Cristilinda"
Philip Klein  adaptation
Marion Orth  writer
Henry Roberts Symonds  adaptation

Produced by
William Fox .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erno Rapee 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
 
Film Editing by
Barney Wolf 
 
Art Direction by
Harry Oliver 
 
Costume Design by
Kathleen Kay 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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William Fox .... presenter
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Silent | Mono (Movietone) (music and sound effects)
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By a fluke, this film received Oscar nominations at both the First and Second Academy Awards. It received a Best Actress nomination for Janet Gaynor in 1929, and nominations for Best Art Direction and Cinematography in 1930. It is the only American film to be nominated for Academy Awards in two different years. (A few foreign-language films have received nominations in different years.)See more »
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Landlady:Love will find you never fear! No women escapes.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Angela Mia (My Angel)See more »

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Back in Heaven with Janet Gaynor, 21 February 2011
Author: wes-connors from Earth

With her ailing mother in need of medicine, pretty poverty-stricken Janet Gaynor (Angela) desperately decides to sell herself for sex on the streets of Naples, Italy. Unable to attract any interested male customers, the innocent-looking Ms. Gaynor steals some money instead. Gaynor is caught, and convicted of "robbery while soliciting." As she is led to serve her year in the workhouse, Gaynor escapes and joins the circus. A leggy attraction, she leaves upon meeting handsome painter Charles Farrell (as Gino). The couple are planning to be married when Gaynor's past threatens to end their happiness…

Happiness is foreplay when Gaynor caresses Farrell's feet; in a startling scene, they are the symbols of fertility…

"Street Angel" is the lesser known of the three films for which Gaynor won her "Best Actress" Oscar, and it is often mentioned as being the film in which the sweet, wholesome actress played a prostitute. After seeing the film, it's clear she is never really a prostitute; this story, like others from the silent era, makes the prostitutes very clear (without showing any sex), and Gaynor's character is not one of them (you could call her a failed prostitute). Also surprisingly (or not, if you've seen it), this performance by Gaynor is worthy of a "Best Actress" nomination on its own, as was "7th Heaven"…

The song sounding like Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" is the beautiful Italian standard "O Sole Mio"…

Frank Borzage, who won the first "Academy Award" as "Best Director" for his "7th Heaven" (also with Gaynor and Farrell) could have won for this film. It may not be up to Frank Murnau's "Sunrise" levels, but "Street Angel" is still extraordinarily beautiful. The photography by Ernest Palmer and Paul Ivano, along with the settings by Harry Oliver also received award attention (outside of its initial eligibility year). You'll see why. The only thing keeping "Street Angel" from perfect is the rather too ordinary, overused storyline; moreover, its celebration of virginity is taken to pretentious extremes.

********* Street Angel (4/8/28) Frank Borzage ~ Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Alberto Rabagliati, Natalie Kingston

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