Three by Frank Borzage

Three by Frank Borzage

4 Episodes

Golden-age Hollywood’s great romanticist, Frank Borzage directed over one hundred films in a career that stretched from 1913 to 1961. Renowned for his sensitive touch, humanist sincerity, and unparalleled ability to cast a spell of dreamy eroticism, his films are ecstatic paeans to exalted love frequently informed by his pacifist worldview. Made at the height of Borzage’s powers, these early jewels—a swooning Depression-era love story starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young, a deliriously romantic Hemingway adaptation, and a unique and unforgettable antiwar allegory—are among the master director’s finest works.

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Three by Frank Borzage
  • Farran Smith Nehme on Frank Borzage

    Episode 1

    In this interview recorded in 2019, critic Farran Smith Nehme discusses director Frank Borzage’s obsession with romantic love.

  • A Farewell to Arms

    Episode 2

    Directed by Frank Borzage • 1932 • United States
    Starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

    Classic Hollywood’s arch-poet of romantic mysticism, Frank Borzage, transforms Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel into a feverish paean to the transcendent power of love. Gary Cooper is the troubl...

  • Man’s Castle

    Episode 3

    Directed by Frank Borzage • 1933 • United States
    Starring Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau

    Finding her homeless and half-starved, happy-go-lucky wanderer Bill (Spencer Tracy) takes in Trina (Loretta Young) to stay with him and the other eccentric denizens of a New York City shan...

  • No Greater Glory

    Episode 4

    Directed by Frank Borzage • 1934 • United States
    Starring Frankie Darro, George P. Breakston, Jimmy Butler

    One of the unsung masterpieces of 1930s cinema, this adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s novel “The Paul Street Boys” concerns the conflict that erupts between two rival street gangs—a group of k...