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219 Ratings

Street Angel

Directed by Frank Borzage
United States, 1928
Silent, Drama


In Naples, where prostitutes can pay their rent, Angela is sentenced to a year in the workhouse when she tries to steal to pay for medicine for her dying mother. She escapes and is hidden by a circus, where she’s a natural talent and meets Gino, a painter.

Street Angel Directed by Frank Borzage

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1929 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1930 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

By the end of the film, the spectator is completely overwhelmed by the sentiments it contains.
November 16, 2018
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Frank Borzage’s credo at its most splendiferous, “human souls made great by love and adversity” plus the keenest technique this side of Murnau. The gorgeous artifice of the Fox sets is readily put to use, the preamble surveys a Neapolitan courtyard in a 360° pan (with continuous dollying and craning) before dissolving to Janet Gaynor crouched in a brief Gallait shot.
December 07, 2015
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