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Moonrise

1948
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
Danny Hawkins has been tortured his entire life because he is the son of a killer who was hanged. In a state of insanity Danny kills Jerry Sykes. When the body is discovered Danny flees from his true love Gilly Johnson and the law but is able to reach salvation by coming to grips with his identity and by turning himself in to the police. (imdb)
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Moonrise

1948
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
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Rated 22 Mar 2010
92
89th
A beautiful, poetic film that anticipates "Night of the Hunter" in its magnificent opening sequence. Dane Clark has perhaps the best role of his career, Gail Russell is beautiful, and both Ethel Barrymore and Rex Ingram are fine. Frank Borzage got one last chance at excellence, and he made the best of it here.
Rated 16 Feb 2011
83
90th
Had no idea Borzage was capable of this darkness. The opening scene is a minor masterpiece.
Rated 16 Jul 2022
30
15th
Some guy is bullied because his dad was a murderer, so he murders one of the meanies who tease him, and the film goes on to preach that it was totally understandable but that he should still turn himself in. If that sounds embarrassing - it is. The movie is a cheesefest, with jackhammer subtlety and terrible moral short-sightedness. The love interest is little more than a vessel of the film's messaging - naïve as all women are according to 1940s Hollywood.
Rated 06 Jul 2021
40
6th
nteresting sequences and shots from Borzage and a good performance from Russell don't do enough to make up for weak source material and a miscast Dane Clark. The twist for a 40s melodrama is a positive ending after a dark start featuring a fine opening sequence from Borzage. It's mostly down hill from there as Clark plays a role of a much younger man. Ingram does well to avoid the stereotypical portrayal of a magical negro. The end result is a mediocre film with a few remarkable moments.
Rated 08 Mar 2014
45
10th
I found this melodramatic and somewhat boring with a far too happy ending for its subject matter. For a noir film, I felt it lacked grit.
Rated 28 Nov 2018
4
70th
Equal parts southern gothic, film noir, and French poetic realism, all stirred together and overcooked until it begins to burst at its melodramatic seams. It threatens to be laughable if not for how unassailably sincere and emotive it is from start to finish. There's a crane shot early on that zooms in on a decrepit, fog-shrouded mansion in a swamp at night that made my heart soar; it's one of those moments for which the cinema was made.
Rated 25 Feb 2016
13
69th
Star Rating: ★★★1/2
Rated 10 Sep 2023
95
95th
Ao cair da noite estreava há 75 anos em Los Angeles. Holy shit! Não faço segredo que o Borzage é um dos meus ídolos dentre os cineastas pioneiros, mas aqui ele consegue me deixar mais uma vez boquiaberta com seu trabalho de mise en scène, não tem uma câmera que se posicione de forma menos que espetacular, não tem uma luz que não está na gradação correta. Simplesmente brilhante. Box Versátil Filme Noir Volume 11.
Rated 13 Feb 2023
8
37th
Rated 25 Sep 2021
80
99th
Wow! Right off the bat he kills Lloyd Bridges! Dane Clark does a real good job as this complicated man. Does fumble the excitement in periods, but regularly reminds us of his desperation with great scenes. The Rex Ingram character was the key to the morality of the story. Gail Russell was sweet. Wish she was more involved. And Ethel Barrymore concludes the tale of the man nicely. It's the combination of all these elements which makes Frank Borzage's Moonrise (1948) special.
Rated 17 Feb 2021
95
84th
Found another gem. A man was taunted and bullied his entire childhood for having a father who was hanged for murder. An incident led to him killing a man accidentally. Should he try to get away with it, or turn himself in?
Rated 15 Feb 2021
64
22nd
I get the feeling that Bong Joon-Ho has seen this
Rated 26 Jul 2019
8
79th
Great filmmaking layed on a slim material.
Rated 18 Apr 2019
80
79th
Great direction and cinematography. Often labelled as a noir, but more a humane crime drama. What I really liked about this one is how the psychological isolation of Danny is also a result from his own stubbornness and inclination to see the worst in people as a result of his childhood being bullied, which make blind to lots of understanding people around him. Borzage, the romanticist he is, shows that the predetermined fatalism isn't irreversible; redemption through love is always possible.
Rated 22 Feb 2019
86
40th
85.50
Rated 04 Jan 2019
4
74th
The poetry of shading, angle, motion, and associative editing. This is a formalist's dream, and among the most gorgeous and expressive Golden Age noirs. That grace stumbles over Dane Clark, whose performance is so nerve-wracked that it grates and strains suspension of disbelief. Of course the film is about the anxious torment of a guilty conscious, and aesthetically it seems to exist outside of the real world, but plainly, Danny might as well have "I'm the killer!" stamped on his forehead.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
53
24th
# 935
Rated 28 Apr 2014
5
73rd
reminder (mostly to myself) that kent jones' piece on borzage for film comment is glorious.
Rated 14 Apr 2014
60
54th
watched: 2014, 2018
Rated 14 Jul 2013
95
93rd
If this one was more available, it could very well attain Night of the Hunter status. Southern noir, seeped in the humidity - you can practically feel the mosquitos buzzing around you. Haunting, beautiful sequences mixed with suspense as great as Hitchcock. A gem.
Rated 10 Nov 2012
55
39th
I liked the sheriff character and little else.
Rated 19 Jan 2012
83
72nd
Strikingly beautiful imagery and great performances make for a haunting and very captivating noir. I found the film's thematic choices more interesting than the narrative ones, as Hawkins seems to do things that depict his melancholy and moral confusion rather than things which would be natural outgrowths of those feelings. This made me have to change my expectations, but it was still a rewarding film to watch.
Rated 04 Apr 2011
87
89th
Noir tinged with a lush, lyrical air. The expressionist melancholy of the film generates a sense that it's floating just above reality. The melodrama is not exactly heightened but made pervasive and ethereal. Borzage's usual attention to mise-en-scene tantalizes the imagination, and I was struck by the multiple references to the concept of witnessing. Probably the only real complaint I have is that Gilly's love for Danny seems to spring out of nowhere. Otherwise, a beautiful film.
Rated 13 Nov 2010
81
92nd
Rural noir that shows director Frank Borzage in top form. The much-heralded opener promises more than the rest of the film can deliver, but it's still a sensitive, gorgeous movie with excellent supporting performances and striking imagery. (Other high points beyond the opening include a paranoid freak-out on a ferris wheel, and a chase through a misty swamp.)
Rated 19 Dec 2008
53
6th
945

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