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302 Ratings

7th Heaven

Directed by Frank Borzage
United States, 1927
Silent, Drama, Romance


A street cleaner saves a young woman’s life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

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7th Heaven Directed by Frank Borzage

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1929 | 3 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1929 | 2 nominations including: Best Picture, Production

National Film Preservation Board

1995 | Winner: National Film Registry

Kinema Junpo Awards

1928 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Critics reviews

In a bit of real-life drama, 7th Heaven was postponed owing to thunderstorms: the open-air performance with Timothy Brock’s live orchestral score was rescheduled to the spectacular Teatro Communale opera house, and made for an overwhelming occasion. By really entering into the film’s unashamed melodrama, Brock transported us back in time to meet Borzage’s romantic vision on its own ground.
July 23, 2018
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A world of hard cobblestones and exploding trenches softened by romance made tangible, the screen as an organism shuddering with slivers of passion, such are Borzage’s miracles. The sweep of the war sequences, with their marshaling of “the whole French army of taxi cabs” into a blazing No Man’s Land, is merely a set-up for the true spectacle, a flash of intimate belief tested and rewarded.
December 01, 2014
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In his later masterpiece THE MORTAL STORM (1940), Borzage would demonize Nazism by showing a good family ripped apart by its dictates; in 7TH HEAVEN, he depicts the Great War as a force that cruelly separated the lovers of Europe. Such ideas may seem facile on the page, but Borzage’s greatness is in the utter conviction with which he argues them.
August 31, 2009
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