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Cinema as Refuge: Frank Borzage and the Mystical Tradition / Alan, Bilton

Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume: 46, Issue: 1, Pages: 33 - 42

Swansea University Author: Alan, Bilton

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The article explores the late silent films of American film-maker Frank Borzage via the prism of religious ritual and visionary experience, interpreting the strangeness, beauty and narrative waywardness of 7th Heaven (1927) and Street Angel (1928) in terms of a cinematic haven or sanctuary, what S....

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ISSN: 1548-9922
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