06 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 5. Wednesday BL-"ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , ,

Wednesday BL- “ARGH!” – “Street Angel”


Street Angel
USA, 1928, Fox Film Corporation
Directed by Frank Borzage

We often hear of how German Expressionism “invaded” American cinema in the late silent period but the fascination within it lies less in shadows and fog than in American naturalism. After all, cinema had long been expressive, going back to Mary Pickford and Henry Walthall’s anguished cries on the mountain in Ramona (1910). For his final masterpieces City Girl (1928/1930) and Tabu (1931), F.W. Murnau embraced the unadorned world that had always been at the heart of his work, even in Nosferatu, a goal facilitated by America’s superior feeling for naturalistic performances. Mise-en-scene had been rescued from the obvious methods of Dr. Caligari.

Murnau’s sojourn in America profoundly affected many of our finest, not in the least John Ford and King Vidor but also the woefully forgotten Frank Borzage, cinematic poet of love and redemption. Street Angel is marked by the gloominess attributed to German Expressionism but these are not the scenes we keep with us.

The power of the film lies where Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell find love, struggle against the world, lose each other, and discover anew the essence that drew them together, all rendered in environments rich in sunlight, foliage, the warmth of the home, and the presence of God.

The blocking of their parting, the choreography of the long, lonely tracking shot through the crowd (after 83 years still one of the most beautifully executed takes in all cinema), and the simple efficacy of point-of-view in the church, carefully cutting between Gaynor, Farrell, and the painting – all examples of pure cinema, all examples of an art form at its peak.

- Jonas Erickson

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06 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 2. Weekday "ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , ,

Wednesday BL- “ARGH!” – “Street Angel”


Street Angel
USA, 1928, Fox Film Corporation
Directed by
Frank Borzage

We often hear of how German Expressionism “invaded” American cinema in the late silent period but the fascination within it lies less in shadows and fog than in American naturalism. After all, cinema had long been expressive…

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05 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 7. Mini-"ARGH's!" (Previews & Peeks), 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , ,

Wednesday BL- “ARGH!” – “Street Angel” Review – PREVIEW


Tomorrow “ARGH!” contributing writer Jonas Erickson focuses on director Frank Borzage’s Street Angel (1928) in Wednesday’s BL- “ARGH!”

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04 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 2. Weekday "ARGH!", 3. Monday "ARGH!" 'Toons, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , ,

Monday “ARGH!” ‘Toon – “Zombie BBQ”


On HGN’s (Home and Garden Network’s) program House Hunters International it’s inevitable there are some American DINK couples searching for a third or fourth “vacation home” (preferably beachfront, of course) in some exotic, impoverished country.

Included in these couples’ laundry lists of desired culturally-sensitive amenities — aside from the dwelling must be over 3,000 square feet and cost under $100,000 — is, without fail, a barbecue.

For those who watch this program, try this drinking game: whenever a property buyer says “Where’s the barbecue?” or “This would be a great place for our barbecue!” inhale 20 oz. of chardonnay from a beer bong.

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30 Mar 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 2. Weekday "ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday BL- “ARGH!” – Win Win Q & A in Seattle”


Despite my misgivings about WIN WIN as a whole, it is one of the better films I’ve seen so far in 2011.  Let’s face it: for anyone who hasn’t been lobotomized, it’s been a dismal year for film.  (For my Movie Review Cartoon™ of WIN WIN, please go HERE.)

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