A small-town fable about violence and redemption, Moonrise
is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywoodâs most neglected masters. Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal father, young Danny (Dane Clark) is bruised and bullied until one night, in a fit of rage, he kills his most persistent tormenter. As the police close in around him, Danny makes a desperate bid for the love of the dead manâs fiancÃ©e (Gail Russell), a schoolteacher who sees the wounded soul behind his aggression. With this postwar comeback, Borzage recaptured the inspiration that had animated his long and audacious early career, marrying the lyrical force of his romantic sensibility with the psychological anguish of film noir in a stunning vindication of faith in the power of love.
- New conversation between author HervÃ© Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie
- An essay by critic Philip Kemp