Street Angel (1928) DVD

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Street Angel (1928)


 Frank Borzage


 H.H. Caldwell (titles), Katherine Hilliker (titles)


 Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston
Fox's follow-up to Seventh HeavenThe Street Angel reunited stars Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor with director Frank Borzage. The action begins in Naples, as poverty-stricken Maria (Gaynor) steals medicine for her ailing mother. Now a fugitive from justice, Maria escapes by joining a travelling carnival, where she meets and falls in love with portrait painter Angelo (Charles Farrell). Impressed by her ethereal beauty, Angelo asks the girl to pose for his portrait of the Madonna. But when she's suddenly arrested, the disillusioned Angelo sinks into depravation. Released from prison, Maria sees her portrait in a church and is inspired to seek out Angelo. Explaining the circumstances of her arrest, Maria saves Angelo from his sordid surroundings, inspiring him to return to painting -- and, not surprisingly, to propose marriage. Heavily influenced by the "Germanic" style then in vogue, Street Angel lacked the simplicity and sincerity of Sunrise but managed to post a profit all the same.

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    Beautiful Story

    Posted by Colleen Raye Hollar on Sep 28th 2018

    I had heard so much about the Janet Gaynor/Charles Farrell silent films but this was the first I was able to see - what a beautiful story! The soundtrack worked perfectly and it's no wonder that she won the Oscar for Best Actress. Charles Farrell has been unfairly overlooked but he was wonderful and the two of them have undeniable chemistry. Very good print as well!

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