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Film Series : 2019 UCLA Festival of Preservation

The Mortal Storm

1940, Frank Borzage, USA, 100 min.
With Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 2nd 3:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 6th 6:00pm

"Deft, moving 1940 melodrama, further proof (if anyone needs it) of the emotional honesty that the genre was capable."—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

THE MORTAL STORM expands arch-romanticist Borzage’s focus from the couple to the family—in this case, the family of a persecuted German-Jewish professor (Frank Morgan), whose daughter (Margaret Sullavan) is courted by two suitors, one (Robert Young) a militant Nazi, the other (James Stewart) a staunch pacifist. This powerful mixture of romance and politics was one of the strongest anti-Fascist statements to come out of Hollywood in the pre-Pearl Harbor period. Borzage's fluid style, interweaving larger groups with individuals and couples, traces the intersection of the personal and the political. He creates a radiant world in which even inanimate forms—chairs, cups, snowflakes—are charged with feeling. 35mm. Preservation funding provided by The Juanita Scott Moss Estate. (MR)

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