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A Woman of Affairs


Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone, John Mack Brown,

A Woman of Affairs features Garbo in one of her finest performances and carries a feminist punch that was lost altogether in later Hollywood romances. In this “lost generation” story, written by Bess Meredyth based on Michael Arlen’s novel The Green Hat, Garbo plays an English aristocrat who acts out with calculated recklessness. Arlen’s book was so hot that the characters’ names, as well as some choice elements of the story, were changed to sidestep the censors. But the film remains quite complex in its relationships, with John Gilbert as the love interest and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. as Garbo’s wastrel brother.

  • Bess Meredyth
Based On
  • the novel The Green Hat by Michael Arlen

  • William Daniels
  • Silent with music and sound effects
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 90 mins

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A woman of affairs (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2005

A woman of affairs (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 1990

Garbo: A woman of affairs (program note), Lincoln Center Festival, 1968

A woman of affairs (program note), New York Film Festival, 1966

The films of Greta Garbo -- excerpt (book excerpt), Citadel Press, Michael Conway, 1963

Woman of affairs (review), Variety, Alfred Greason, 1929

[A woman of affairs] (book excerpt)

A woman of affairs (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

A woman of affairs (program note), Pacific Film Archive

A woman of affairs (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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