Seventh Heaven (1927) 1927

Seventh Heaven

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Chico (Charles Farrell) is a poor Parisian sewer cleaner who aspires to work his way out of his dead-end job and into the middle class. When he meets Diane (Janet Gaynor), an abused prostitute, he sympathizes with her plight and tells the police she's his wife to prevent them from arresting her. To keep up the appearances of marriage, he invites Diane to live with him, and a real romance blossoms until Chico is drafted in the army at the start of World War I.

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Critic Reviews for Seventh Heaven (1927)

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  • Frank Borzage's 1927 silent classic 7th Heaven begins in the gutters. ... it is impossible to not be carried up with it from the grimy depths towards the stars.

    July 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A world of rough cobblestones and exploding trenches softened by romance made tangible

    November 19, 2014 | Full Review…
  • If it weren't for the existence of Murnau's Sunrise, I wouldn't hesitate to call 7th Heaven the greatest of all silent films.

    February 11, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The kind of movie that births a lifelong love affair with silent cinema... I'd be extraordinarily hard-pressed to come up with any way in which it's not flawless.

    January 8, 2009 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…
  • Gorgeously filmed (by Frank Borzage) film featuring Gaynor and Farrell.

    February 22, 2008 | Rating: 5/5
  • By today's standards, Borzage's romantic melodrama is sappy and outdated, but in 1927, the Oscar-nominated silent film was extremely popular with (female) audiences.

    August 7, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seventh Heaven (1927)

  • Apr 22, 2011
    the film is wildly romantic and won an oscar in 1927 for frank borzage's direction. janet gaynor won best actress, a dual award for this and murnau's much better remembered sunrise. borzage seems to have slipped into obscurity after the silent era which is a shame. he made 2 other silent features with janet gaynor and charles farrell, street angel and lucky star, among many other films. this has some great rooftop scenes of paris and well-staged WW1 battle scenes, shot by up and coming john ford. it's really quite wonderful
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2011
    A beautiful and brilliantly made romantic drama with some comedy and suspense. I loved the ending too, it was fantastic. I highly recommend this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2007
    By the time the Oscars started, narrative movies had already been around for roughly two decades. And this was the last big year for silent pictures. This film impressed me because the acting is less over-the-top than earlier silents, the story is good, and the camera work and use of tints to suggest different locations and emotions made for visual interest.
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