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I've Always Loved You

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A long neglected romantic who argued that love is a surrender of pride, director Frank Borzage was never more passionate than in this 1946 color melodrama, shown in a beautifully restored archival print. An imperious concert pianist travels the world with his pupil, ignoring her love for him; she's left behind an achingly nice farm boy. The two pianists are mystically linked, playing the same concerto in different locales, and multiple angles within scenes dematerialize bodies and objects, making them appear to float in an immeasurable space. Music (dubbed by Arthur Rubinstein) is the ether that encompasses all. The film is screening as part of a Film Center series on Borzage and simpatico leading lady Janet Gaynor, who's not in this picture. 117 min. Sat 6/10, 4:45 PM, and Wed 6/14, 6 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center.

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