Moonrise (1948)

Passed   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


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Danny is despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused of killing another man and sentenced to death.


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19 February 2001 | gross-6
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| An intriguing and highly evocative film that defies easy categorization
Although the story could have easily been adapted into a gritty film noir, director Frank Borzage turns it into a dreamlike, and even romantic, saga of guilt and expiation. The plot is simple and uncomplicated. No cynical, wisecracking dialogue; no hard-boiled detectives or double-crossing femme fatales. The small town setting with frequent rural scenes creates a world far removed from the unusual noir cityscape. The love story unfolds with both strong sexual attraction and delicacy. Imbued with a strong atmosphere and vision all its own, MOONRISE resists easy classification. Like THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, it succeeds in creating a drama of mythic resonance in an American rural setting.

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