3,7 Through a lens, mistily, or steamily in metathesis. Born at the Age of Steam's conclusion, cinema clouds many of its early works in haloing fog (brouillard), because the past is strung with / drunk on ghosts that cling to and blur (brouille) vision, while tears / memories enclose the viewer in a smeared, rainy capsule. Is M. Cotillard's fame a remote cinephile throwback at the déjà-instated J. Gaynor beauty type?
This silent melodrama, about a wheelchair-bound war vet who falls for a poor country lass but has to contend with an interloping scoundrel, may seem old fashioned corn to some. But i love it. Farrell and Gaynor make a gran' couple and once again, she melts my heart.
"Desire" list. Gaynor and Farrell # 3, 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.