Frank Borzage is a American Réalisateur born the April 23rd 1893 with Salt Lake City (Utah), dead the June 19th 1962 with Hollywood (California). French tends to pronounce, whereas that this pronounces.
BiographyBorn in Salt Lake City, of a family of Italian origin, he is minor as of the twelve years age. He flees of at his place, exerts several trades and is made engage as accessories supplier then as actor in Hollywood, where he interprets small roles for Ince and the Bison productions.
As from 1916, it starts to direct films of which it often writes the scenario. Its first masterpiece is the supreme Hour which opens the second period of its career, of 1927 to 1940, that of major works ( the supreme Hour, the Woman with the corbel, the Good-bye with the weapons, Secrets, Those of the zone, Three comrades, The Mortal Storm ,…), where the " is recognized; Borzage' S touch" , a transfiguration of the daily mélo, an exaltation of the insane love expensive to the Surréalisme ( the supreme Hour ), an anthem with the couple that can separate neither misery, neither the war, nor even death. To include/understand this " Borzage' S touch" , it is enough to see the treatment which subjects to the Good-bye with the weapons of Ernest Hemingway the director: he makes a " of it; poem of love fou" (Henri Agel). Borzage is the scenario writer of is delirious. In the Woman with the corbel , her masterpiece of the dumb man, the hero, to show with that which he likes the force of his will, leaves one night storm, with naked half. Taken congestion, it collapses, inanimate. It is the heroin which, in the erotic scene most famous of the cinema, will lie down naked on him to communicate its heat to him. The Western itself is nothing any more but pretext: Secrets is worth less for the scenes of action, of which the seat of the hut, which for the painting of a love which resists all the tests, of which the death of a child. This love transcends the mediums; that one remembers the opening of Those of the zone : Spencer Tracy is only one false bearing rich person frac and hat-opera hat. Under its drill plate an advertisement ignites. It will however invite Loretta Young, famished, in the restaurant of which it ensures publicity; it will always lead it then, dazzled, in a camping of tramps under a bridge of Brooklyn. In fact, Borzage Marie humor and melodrama, imagination and mysticism, passing without problem of the Destiny is played the night with the cursed Cargo liner , of the tragi-comedy to the allegory. Its comedies are amusing (cf ballet of the Masters of hotel in the sister of my servant ). But it was also one of the most attentive realizers to follow and denounce the rise of the Nazisme ( The Mortal Storm ). (to be followed)
Selective catalog of films
- Frank Borzage on IMDB
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