Frank Borzage (pronounced Bor-ZAY-ghee) was one of America's greatest film directors ever. An actor in 112 films from 1912 to 1918, and from 1913 to 1961 he directed 107 films, including some of the most beautiful and touching films of the silent era, up to this chilling and passionate Film Noir of a psychopath. MOONRISE also has a great supporting cast: Ethel Barrymore, Harry Morgan, Rex Ingram, and Lloyd Bridges.
Borzage's film noir is more of a choking, romantic, and expressionist dream than anything else. I'm glad Borzage went for the poetic over the gritty here, because it embeds the film with such a strong sense of emotion. Also, it's visually beautiful, and the use of silent film techniques works wonders. My intro to Borzage, and I can tell this will be a beautiful friendship. Such an underrated classic.