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Borderline (1930)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 October 1930 (UK)
A negro woman having an adulterous affair with a white man causes his wife to go mad and re-enforces the towns-folk's prejudice against Negroes.

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Kenneth MacPherson (as Kenneth Macpherson)

Writer:

Kenneth MacPherson (as Kenneth Macpherson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Robeson ... Pete - a Negro
Eslanda Robeson Eslanda Robeson ... Adah - a Negro Woman
Hilda Doolittle Hilda Doolittle ... Astrid (as Helga Doorn)
Gavin Arthur Gavin Arthur ... Thorne - Her Husband
Charlotte Arthur Charlotte Arthur ... The Barmaid
Blanche Lewin Blanche Lewin ... The Old Lady
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Storyline

Adah, a black woman, has an affair with Thorne, a white man, much to the dismay of some of the prejudiced townsfolk and Thorne's wife, Astrid. Adah attempts a reconciliation with her man, Pete, but eventually leaves him and the town. Meanwhile, Astrid goes mad and cuts Thorne's face and arm with a knife, but then mysteriously dies. Thorne is tried but acquitted. Because of the events, the mayor sends Pete a letter asking him to leave town for the good of all concerned. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Release Date:

13 October 1930 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Límite: Borderline See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Geneva, Switzerland

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Production Co:

Pool Films See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #371. See more »

Alternate Versions

A version with an organ accompaniment has been released by Rohauer Films, Inc. The music was composed and performed by Lee Erwin, and recorded at Carnegie Hall Cinema, New York. The running time is 63 minutes. See more »

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Seeing Paul Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, in Borderline was an interesting Avant Garde exercise
18 February 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

I recently got a DVD collection of selected Paul Robeson movies from my local library to borrow and I picked this one to view first since it's Black History Month and I wanted to maintain the chronological order (for the most part) of reviewing such films during that month. Anyway, this one was a bit unusual not only because of the subject matter but also because it employs what was considered Avant Garde at the time with lots of close-ups not only of faces but also objects which may (or not) aid in the plot structure. Also appearing is Paul's wife, Eslanda, whose role seems important here. I said seems because if I didn't read the synopsis on this site, I wouldn't have known what the movie was about! The images-not to mention the lack of intertitles-confused me much of the time though I admit they're quite beautiful and intriguing. And the modern jazz score by Courtney Pine adds a modern sensibility that was awesome. Still, this wasn't a very coherent narrative. But on that note, I do recommend Borderline just so you could experience something different if you'd like...


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