In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 89th and final review of the 89 chosen Films…
“I’m not used to being happy… it’s funny… it hurts!” – Diane
Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Feb 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A destitute man saves a woman and the two pretend to be husband and wife in exchange for the man receiving a job as a street cleaner.
My Take on it – For the final film of this series for me, I watched yet another film that I had never see before or even knew anything about.
This film deals with some really interesting themes and it is considered groundbreaking due to the fact that it was all done in the silent film era.
They discuss faith in God and others in a world on the brink of war where no one knows what will eventually happen.
This unlikely couple must endure so much in order to be together despite what everyone around them thinks of them or of their love for one another which starts to grow for real as they begin to learn about one another.
The hope they both have for a better life hangs above them the whole time and despite their desperate situations, they continue to cling to the idea that things will get better and always be great if they stay together.
Bottom Line – Film about faith, perseverance and hope in the most desperate of situations that works despite being a silent film. Has some great themes that are thoroughly explored here. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For Chico and Diane’s dramatic ascent to the apartment loft – the titular “7th Heaven” – a three-story elevator scaffold was constructed that would be able to follow the pair from the ground level to the apartment door on the top floor. The camera dollies forward onto an elevator platform and then is raised (via a system of ropes and pulleys) through the vertical set, viewing actors Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell as they climb the long spiral staircase, as though the viewer is passing through each floor on the ascent. Action is staged with background actors on various floors to give the impression that the set is an actual lived-in building, and a lighting gag (where Farrell lights a match in a darkened alcove) is used to mask a cut in order to give the audience the experience of a continuous, flowing camera movement up to the sky. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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