Suffused with intoxicating romanticism, History Is Made at Nightis a sublime paean to love from Frank Borzage, classic Hollywood’s supreme poet of carnal and spiritual desire. On the run through Europe from her wealthy, cruelly possessive husband, an unhappy socialite (Jean Arthur) is thrown together by fate with a suave stranger (Charles Boyer)—and soon the two are bound in a consuming, seemingly impossible affair that stretches across continents and brings them to the very edge of catastrophe. Lent a palpable erotic charge by the chemistry between its leads, this delirious vision of lovers beset by the world passes through a dizzying array of tonal shifts—from melodrama to romantic comedy to noir to disaster thriller—smoothly guided by Borzage’s unwavering allegiance to the power of love.
Black & White
New, restored 4K digital transfer, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New conversation between author Hervé Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie
Interview from 2019 with critic Farran Smith Nehme about director Frank Borzage’s obsession with romantic love
Audio excerpts of a 1958 interview with Borzage from the collection of the George Eastman Museum
A radio adaptation of the film from 1940, broadcast byThe Screen Guild Theaterand starring Charles Boyer
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing