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7th Heaven (1927)

Drama | 110 minutes
3,59 47 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 110 minuten

Alternative title: Seventh Heaven

Country: United States

Directed by: Frank Borzage

Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell and Ben Bard

IMDb score: 7,6 (4.157)

Releasedate: 10 September 1927

7th Heaven plot

Chico is a poor plumber who has only two wishes: promotion to a street sweeper and to find his future wife. One day he meets Diane, a beautiful young woman, but she is chased by the police for a 'minor' crime. When Chico offers her shelter, the two fall in love.

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avatar van Bobbejaantje


  • 1839 messages
  • 1827 votes

This melodrama was initially produced as a silent one, but afterwards an orchestral and occasionally vocal soundtrack was added, with sound effects (street noise, etc.). But that actually mentions the most interesting thing about this production.

In the first part of this tearjerker we get to know Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in their activities at the bottom of Parisian society. Charles Farrell literally works in the sewers and as for the activities of Gaynor and her screen sister, prostitution is hinted at. The two come into contact with each other and then it is of course telephoned that a romance is on the way. This development takes an hour and is quite entertaining because of the scandalously high sugar content. The change in the story comes with the outbreak of the great war - which you as a viewer should be happy about in this type of film - and the men go to the front. We also find high-flown melodrama at the front in the character of Farrell and neighbor Albert Gran. A nice find how the divorced lovebirds Farrell and Gaynor are allowed to communicate with each other.

The finale takes it one more time with two twists and knocks the viewer out of amazement. Depending on your attitude, you may or may not be in seventh heaven at that moment.

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avatar van korenbloem02


  • 697 messages
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I forgot that I had already seen this film (long live votes on MM), but what a wonderfully sweet film this is. Conveys the message so movingly and tenderly in its simplicity. You would immediately fall in love with Gaynor.

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Fisico (moderator films)

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The third Best Picture nominee at the Oscars in 1927-1928. A nice silent film that is actually divided into two main parts. The first part is a romantic part where Chico gets to know Diana. One lives in the abyss more than the other, but together they are strong. After all, love conquers all. It's quite cloying, but it's nicely done.

With nothing standing in the way of their happiness, the First World War comes along. Chico is obliged to serve the fatherland. The war is presented in a rather artificial manner, but it remains a compelling spectacle. It's nice to be able to admire the myth of the Parisian taxis on the Marne. Legend has it that it was the Parisian taxis that the Germans created. After all, those taxis anticipated a huge mobilization of French troops at the front. Well, that impact is a bit more nuanced. Let's just say that the German army in particular committed some major blunders there in the summer of 1914

In the end it all comes together somewhat like a potpourri. The death of Chico, the Armistice and the resurrection of Chico. And all in 5 minutes and at the same time. Well, it was fun!

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