Born Reckless / Pilgrimage (Double Feature)
One of the most influential directors in the history of cinema, John Ford helmed more than 140 films and received countless awards for his extensive craftsmanship, including four Best Director Academy Awards. Setting the standard for excellent filmmaking in every genre he touched, Ford remains an icon, a legend, and in inspiration to anyone who's ever made a film... or watched one.
Born Reckless - 1930
Danger May Be The Greatest Seduction.
In this well-crafted crime drama that may have helped inspire the film noir era, a young man found guilty of a crime receives a most unusual punishment.
After Louis Beretti (Edmund Lowe) robs a jewelry store, he takes refuge at his parents' apartment, and at first escapes arrest. But ultimately he is found and tried before an ambitious judge who sentences him to serve in the war effort overseas. And although he is fated to become a war hero, when Beretti returns home and opens a nightclub, he risks being lured back into the low-life, as he is again surrounded by the same criminals he once called friends.
Pilgrimage - 1933
A Sweeping Tale Of Loss And Renewal.
In a marked change of pace from the westerns and war pictures for which he'd become renowned, Ford filmed this heart-wrenching story of forgiveness and redemption.
Worried that her only son Jim's upcoming marriage to young Mary Saunders (Miriam Nixon) is a bad idea, Hannah Jessop (Henrietta Crosman) sends the man off to war, unaware that Mary is pregnant. When Jim is killed in combat, Hannah and her daughter-in-law become estranged. Ten years later, en route to join a group of women in France who have lost their sons in battle, Hannah meets a woman whose warmth and fortitude in the face of misfortune f-rces Hannah to search her soul for the goodness she once possessed.