Cinematography by Ernest Palmer and Joseph A. Valentine. "Desire" list. Gaynor and Farrell # 1, a truly unforgettable couple. Farrell, the most modern of the silent cinema heartthrobs, an immaculate face and body at the service of a romantic imagery. Perfection under Borzage's wise eye.
By the time the Oscars started, narrative movies had already been around for roughly two decades. And this was the last big year for silent pictures. This film impressed me because the acting is less over-the-top than earlier silents, the story is good, and the camera work and use of tints to suggest different locations and emotions made for visual interest.
It could be a second Sunrise but after the war sequence, movie is getting slower. and the final: She answers "ok, to make a fresh start" to a new proposal after learned that she is now a widow. Happy (!) ending is not impressive in that moment. then already movie ends. Second half kills the movie. Sadly.
Deeply moving. Janet Gaynor can say so much with the subtlest of gestures. I don't believe anyone was more deserving of that first Academy Award for Best Actress than her. A complimentary companion piece to another great 1927 feature, "Sunrise." While one dazzles, the other breathes.