A late entry from Frank Borzage and hs first “prestige” picture in years, after being cut loose from the Majors during his personal heyday of the 1920s and 30s.
This was Republic’s first Technicolor feature (and Borzage’s second). The color palette Republic concocted for the film is bizarre to say the least – dominant are pinks, purples, wedgewood blues, mauve, taupe, lilac, with highlights of orange aqua and apricot. The general tone of hyperreality is enhanced further with set design that extends to underfurnished rooms, and cavernous spaces and headroom, like the concert hall wiith virtually surreal intrusions of doric columns and poritcos as decorative objects. At its heart the picture is a completely outrageously romantic testament – perhaps its core meaning is ecstatically expressed in a central scene, after student (Catherine McLeod) and teacher (Philip Dorn) have long separated but, at opposite ends of the continent are coincidentally both playing the same Chopin Ballade. The performances are filmed and cut to to express virtually telepathic communciation which reaches a point of rhapsodic intensity, until McLeod’s husband intervenes. No other director in American cinema except Borzage could have so completely immersed himself in the lyricism of this scene, and the entire text, and delivered such a passionate and heartbreaking testament to his own personality. This movie was followed two years later, also at Republic by what may well be his masterpiece, Moonrise.
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