The Garbo Silents Collection

The Garbo Silents Collection

DVD - 2005
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The temptress: An unhappy wife (Elena) falls in love with a Spanish engineer (Robledo). When it is revealed that Elena is not only married, but has also been the mistress of a banker (Fontenoy), Robledo returns to South America. Subsequently, Elena and her husband (the Marquis) also go to South America. Years later Robledo returns to Paris and runs into Elena who does not seem to recognize him. Elena has become a pathetic drunkard who is apparently beyond Robledo's help.
The mysterious lady: Garbo plays an alluring Russian spy who falls in love with her "target."
Flesh and the devil: Best friends love the same woman and resort to a duel.
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2005
ISBN: 9781419809583
Branch Call Number: DVD GAR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (324 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 26, 2013

And, was Greta Garbo attractive? Yes, she was - But, with that said, after watching her in these 3 somewhat over-long, silent-era films, I certainly cannot honestly accept the legendary status that (over the years) has been attributed to her apparent beauty.

Cold, aloof and impenetrable - Far from being considered a seductress, I'd truthfully have to say that when it comes to Greta Garbo the term "Ice Queen" best describes her screen-presence more appropriately.

It sure didn't help matters much that (here in her early introduction to Hollywood) Garbo was clearly miscast in these 3 contrived, depressing and melodramatic clunkers from the late 1920s (which paired her with 3 of the most unsuitable leading men imaginable, like that big ham, John Gilbert).

All-in-all - I personally think that Garbo's looks were grossly over-rated and (if she really had any talent as an actress) Hollywood completely wasted her, even during the talking-era.

Is it any wonder that, at the absolute height of her career, Garbo (who was rumoured to be bi-sexual) turned her back on Tinseltown? - Never to return.


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