Sacred love, Neo-Platonism, a study of the public & the private in relation to Depression-era squalor. Bill's singularity, his almost theoretical rejection of the beloved, & Trina's spiritual bounty & sense of sacrifice make MAN'S CASTLE difficult to endure, but Borzage's dedicated to transformation, the soul's movement towards blessed goodness. & for being such an artist of Plato, Borzage cherishes human sexuality.
Why isn't this movie on every film canon? I guess it probably has to do with Tracy's jokes about knocking out her teeth or pouring boiling stew on her back, but in the context of the film, it feels very natural and sweet. Borzage puts to shame the modern romantic comedies that have exhausted the "fear of commitment" trope. Feels like he really knew what he was talking about and really believed in love.
Sublime Spencer Tracy pratiquant le système D au quotidien en homme-sandwich lumineux, jovial et lucide, que seuls les sifflements stridents des trains en partance troublent profondément. Un mélodrame lent et merveilleux entre sourires et larmes, à ne rater sous aucun prétexte, comme la plupart des œuvres du cinéaste... www.cinefiches.com