Moonrise

Moonrise

Criterion Collection Edition #921

A small-town fable about violence and redemption, MOONRISE is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters. Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal father, young Danny (Dane Clark) is bruised and bullied until one night, in a fit of rage, he kills his most persistent tormentor. As the police close in around him, Danny makes a desperate bid for the love of the dead man’s fiancée (Gail Russell), a schoolteacher who sees the wounded soul behind his aggression. With this postwar comeback, Borzage recaptured the inspiration that had animated his long and audacious early career, marrying the lyrical force of his romantic sensibility with the psychological anguish of film noir, in a stunning vindication of faith in the power of love.

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Moonrise
  • Moonrise

    Directed by Frank Borzage • 1948 • United States
    Starring Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore

    A small-town fable about violence and redemption, MOONRISE is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters. Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal...

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  • Hervé Dumont and Peter Cowie on Frank Borzage

    The following conversation between film scholars Hervé Dumont, former director of the Cinémathèque suisse and author of “Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic,” and Peter Cowie was recorded in Lausanne, Switzerland, in January 2018.