Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

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Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)
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New score composed and conducted by Tim Curran

Lazybones, a melancholy tale of thwarted lives in a sleepy small town, is one of Frank Borzage's most deeply felt films. It toys with melodrama at times, but it's directed and acted with such quiet emotion that it earns its tears honestly. Borzage was working near the height of his powers, and his restrained handling of the actors and staging of the scenes make this comedy-drama far less dated than most of its contemporaries. He seems to really believe in the material, and so will you.

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)


Lazybones is an exemplary Borzage picture—its solidity of construction matched by an almost breathtaking delicacy of feeling. Borzage was an actor himself, and every performance here is a small miracle. Not just Jones, a Western star who was cast against type. There's a scene late in the film, after Steve has returned from the war a hero, and Mrs. Fanning and surviving daughter Agnes are reflecting on their now-empty lives (everybody else in town is off to a dance celebrating Steve's return). Mrs. Fanning reveals to Agnes that Ruth shared her secret with her, and that she forbid Ruth to claim the child. Now she sees Ruth's ghost as the wagon bearing Steve and Kit passes. The way she turns as she returns to her divan expresses a crushing world-weariness. — Glenn Kenny

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)


Lazybones is a small-scale film, but it's exquisitely crafted, from the clever and handsomely illustrated title cards to the visual wit with which sequences are connected. I can't think of a silent drama more subtly acted; every performance is natural, delicate and underplayed. I've never seen Buck Jones in his cowboy persona, but it was a wonderful inspiration to turn this big, square-jawed lug into a gentle, dreamy, wistful character. Without any overt emoting, he gives an affecting performance as a man of innate decency but curious passivity. He shades ever so subtly from youthful promise (he'll overcome his laziness and make good, we assume) to a still likable but saddened, almost stunted middle age; he realizes he's missed his chances, yet his life can't be seen as wasted. The delicate ambiguity of this character development is more reminiscent of Japanese cinema than Hollywood. — imogensara_smith (IMDb reviewer)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)

Frank Borzage – Lazybones (1925)







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