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Bad Girl Frank Borzage, 1931

James Dunn's character is a dry run for Spencer Tracy's meaner and tougher creation in Man's Castle, but that doesn't mean that he isn't a lovable son of a bitch, just the same. He can't say "I love you" so whenever Sally Eilers says it, he just looks down, does this little hand gesture thingie and goes, "ok." It's wonderful. Two wrongheaded bozos who get together because everything says they shouldn't. She's heard it all from the fellas, every line, every trick. He can't bother and ignores all women and puts them down in a playfully grouchy way. She's fascinated by this. So am I. They're all guarded barbs, comebacks and slang. But behind all the wisecracks lie gentle and insecure souls. Borzage's camera is not as fully expressive as it is in other works, but it does well enough to let his performers just play off each other in wonderful ways. The world is a good place and there are good boxers everywhere. I have met them. Borzage introduced me.

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Re: Frank Borzage Marathon: The Best Old Hollywood Director that Nobody Watches
« Reply #134 on: November 30, 2011, 08:36:08 PM »
On December 20th, experience the master in High Definition

If only it was a good film!

Or a good novel!

 :P

I need to watch more Blu-Rays of older films, and more older films in general. Glad to know, given my aversion to the source material, that I would be better off seeking out other Borzage rather than selecting this one because of its newness and a misplaced sense of obligation.

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Re: Frank Borzage Marathon: The Best Old Hollywood Director that Nobody Watches
« Reply #135 on: November 30, 2011, 08:47:22 PM »
Yea, I admit not liking the original material much. Still, I'll check it out eventually.

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Re: Frank Borzage Marathon: The Best Old Hollywood Director that Nobody Watches
« Reply #136 on: November 30, 2011, 09:04:50 PM »
Yeah, AFTA isn't a good Borzage entry point.
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Re: Frank Borzage Marathon: The Best Old Hollywood Director that Nobody Watches
« Reply #138 on: November 30, 2011, 10:49:39 PM »
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Re: Frank Borzage Marathon: The Best Old Hollywood Director that Nobody Watches
« Reply #139 on: December 01, 2011, 01:56:13 AM »
A Farewell to Arms is both a great movie and a great novel.  I suspect it will therefore also be a great Blu-Ray.
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