Review: History is Made at Night (1937)

Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur are perfectly matched in this romance between a Parisian head waiter and an unhappy woman with an insanely jealous ex-husband. Throw in some Titanic-esque drama and you’ve got the makings of a first-class love story.

While I wasn’t bowled over by the rest of the series directed by Frank Borzage that recently played at the Siskel Film Center, I did have a strong memory of this film, which I’d seen many years ago. It didn’t disappoint.

I’d forgotten about Leo Carrillo’s humorous turn as Boyer’s best mate Cesare, “the greatest chef in all of Europe”, but not Colin Clive’s sinister embodiment of a shipping magnet who stops at nothing to possess the woman both he and Boyer love. [***** out of 5]

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