Introduced by guest curator Imogen Sara Smith
Dir. Frank Borzage. 1948, 90 mins. 35mm. With Dane Clark, Gail Russell. Cinema’s great poet of outcasts redeemed by love, Borzage made his only foray into film noir with this Southern gothic tale about a young man tormented by a legacy of guilt and violence. A veteran of silent movies, Borzage remained a visual storyteller, filling the screen with symbolic images of hunting, confinement, and unbearable tension. Lyrical, expressionistic, yet unflinching in its depiction of small-town bullying and intolerance, Moonrise has a feeling for the natural world and the traditions of rural life rarely found in noir. Atmospheric settings convey the stagnant weight of the past, but also a delicate, shadowy romanticism.
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