DVD - 2005
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An original documentary from Turner Classic Movies, Garbo takes a look at the life and career of the movies' most luminous, reclusive and mystifying star. A portrait of Garbo the woman is drawn through interviews with biographers and admirers. Those offering analysis and reminiscences are biographers Barry Paris, Mark Vieira and Karen Swanson; actor/playwright/fan Charles Busch; Garbo's niece and greatnephews, Gray, Derek and Scott Reisfeld, and acquaintances Gore Vidal, Gavin Lambert, Jack Larson and Sam Green, who was Garbo's confidante and walking companion for 20 years.
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005
Branch Call Number: DVD B GAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Turner classic movies


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May 12, 2016

To be completely honest here - I'm certainly not much of a Garbo fan, but, with that said, I actually thought that this well-researched documentary-DVD from Turner Classics definitely turned out to be well-worth a view, for the most part.

Born in 1905 - Garbo (who's considered to be the absolute epitome of glamour) is regarded, by many, as a cinematic legend. Throughout the 1920's and 30's, Garbo quickly became one of Hollywood's most popular actresses, where her beauty and screen charisma fascinated audiences repeatedly, holding them captivated by her manufactured image for well-over a decade.

Through stills and vintage film clips, as well as interviews with biographers, friends and relatives, the viewer is given a candid look here at not only Garbo as an actress, but, Garbo as a real-life person who (at 36) gave up her career as one of Hollywood's top female stars and became something of a recluse, fiercely shunning the limelight, for the remainder of her life.

P.S. - Be sure to watch the video of Garbo at 44 (8 years after her initial resignation from films) in her last screen test for a picture that was never made.

Yes. Garbo may have been all washed-up at this point, but, without a doubt, she still continued to hold that "certain something" which, like an unquenchable torch, had gloriously carried over from her heyday.

Garbo died in 1990 at the age of 85.


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