Dir: Frank Borzage
USA 1929, 100 mins
New England, 1914. Tim installs power lines. Mary is a poor farm girl with a sideline in thieving. When Tim returns from war in a wheelchair, an unexpected romance slowly sparks into life. This was the third pairing of Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor for director Frank Borzage, and his soft-focus lighting shows off both stars at their swoonsomely gorgeous best. Borzage’s final silent movie was missing presumed lost for decades until a print emerged in the 80s, a rediscovery which has given audiences the privilege of once again enjoying this dreamy pastoral melodrama.
Best known for her own lo-fi electronica, Scotland-based Polish musician Ela Orleans is a huge film fan and studied composition under David Shire (The Taking of Pelham 123). Lucky Star’s poetry is beautifully underlined by her new score, commissioned last year by Glasgow Film Festival. Tonight’s performance is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute.