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I’ve Always Loved You

1946

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  • It’s a late-ish work from Frank Borzage, and I had hopes for it as it’s one he made for Republic, where he also did the sublime MOONRISE. But this was disappointing. Casting the unknown Catherine McLeod in the lead because she can play piano on camera is understandable, but she lacks range. Looking at somebody who just smiles all the time and then subtracts the smile and frowns slightly when she wants to suggest sadness, or inner conflict, or I-am-playing-Rachmaninoff, gets to be wearisome.

  • Shot in delirious Technicolor, Frank Borzage’s 1946 classical-music weepie—which manages to oscillate between the sublime and the ridiculous just about every time you have to catch your breath—offers a kind of conundrum to critics uncertain about how seriously they should take it...

  • In 1945 Frank Borzage signed a lavish five-year deal with the penurious Republic Pictures, and it granted him unusual autonomy over his projects. I’ve Always Loved You was the first film he made for Republic, and he invested it with the full force of his religious romanticism, where love is the one true savior.

  • A spiritual examination slowly builds of what it means to connect through art, through something not human, and how that connection has trouble manifesting itself in the real world. The deliriously wild ending is deeply moving but also surprisingly hopeful in how it portrays a woman taking hold of her artistic ambition while simultaneously owning her desires, no matter how complicated or contradictory they may be.