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215 Ratings

Street Angel

Directed by Frank Borzage
United States, 1928
Silent, Drama


A silent film about a spirited young woman (Janet Gaynor) who finds herself destitute and on the streets before joining a traveling carnival, where she meets a vagabond painter (Charles Farrell).

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Street Angel Directed by Frank Borzage

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1929 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1930 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

By the end of the film, the spectator is completely overwhelmed by the sentiments it contains.
November 16, 2018
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Frank Borzage’s credo at its most splendiferous, “human souls made great by love and adversity” plus the keenest technique this side of Murnau. The gorgeous artifice of the Fox sets is readily put to use, the preamble surveys a Neapolitan courtyard in a 360° pan (with continuous dollying and craning) before dissolving to Janet Gaynor crouched in a brief Gallait shot.
December 07, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Street Angel

    Lovely! The second of three films Borzage made starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, starting with "7th Heaven". The public must have loved them to make 3 of these films. I certainly do. Borzage has an amazing knack for telling a simple story beautifully, and for making a Hollywood film seem as though it was made in Europe. If you enjoy this sweet story, you will also want to see "7th Heaven" & "Lucky Star".

  • josé neves's rating of the film Street Angel

    Cinematography by Ernest Palmer. "Desire" list. Gaynor and Farrell # 2, a truly unforgettable couple. Farrell, the most modern of the silent cinema heartthrobs, an immaculate face and body at the service of a romantic imagery. Perfection under Borzage's wise eye.

  • waywardwaters's rating of the film Street Angel

    Humanism with a soul, ‘Street Angel’ tells shifting revisions of the Virgin into Mary Magdalene and then back again with aesthetics of Western painting, accentuating shadow and light in correspondence of dark and bright figures in illustrative compositions. Lit amidst an air of despair, the final poetic image of the Madonna is a mark of Catholicism, illuminating a spirit sapped by love but lifted by art.

  • Hugo Poderoso's rating of the film Street Angel

    Lovers' language; love - art - god triangle; the social vs. the soul; lost people wandering; delaying the inevitable; an abstract city as a reflection of mood; mystic anagnorisis.

  • Tornasol's rating of the film Street Angel

    Enorme fiesta de gestos, expresiones, bailes de rostros, fluidez cinematográfica. Borzage reproduce un interesante tópico estético: la belleza. No es sorprendente su inclinación por la Belleza (ideal, cristiana, y en definitiva, platónica) como condición para la transformación, la felicidad, por una estética de lo feo que gobierna el mundo en figuras de sombras (o viceversa) que se reúnen en el puerto nebuloso.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Street Angel

    >>> Un splendide et flamboyant mélodrame d'une intensité émotionnelle suffocante, avec une étonnante et attirante actrice, Janet Gaynor, qui va enchaîner trois chefs-d'oeuvre du réalisateur, avec comme partenaire masculin, Charles Farrell, un des acteurs les plus séduisants de la période du cinéma muet... www.cinefiches.com

  • Deiner's rating of the film Street Angel

    I really liked the cinematography and the sets felt like another character in the story. Janet Gaynor's performance stands out as the most touching element of the film and Natalie Kingston (who plays the 'bad girl') was quite captivating and I wish her character had a movie of her own. I didn't liked the mysoginistic tone of the film and there were some moments in which I lost interest and wanted the film to be over.

  • Mohini VC's rating of the film Street Angel

    A beautiful classic. I didn't think I would enjoy a silent film so much but I really did-- especially since they didn't overact either. The storytelling in this movie was marvelous and heart warming (heart breaking too ahahha) I would definitely recommend it to someone.

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