A Woman of Affairs
Flesh and the Devil
A wholesome but exuberant ski instructress (Garbo) impersonates her own twin in order to lure her husband (Melvyn Douglas) back from his mistress (Constance Bennett) in Cukor’s frothy comedy.
Severe Soviet commissar Garbo has her head turned by dashing capitalist Melvyn Douglas, and cynicism gives way to about as warm a Cold War comedy as ever there was. The ads proclaimed, “Garbo laughs!” So will you.
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Cukor breathes new life into Alexandre Dumas’s nineteenth-century Paris, where an elegant courtesan (Garbo, in an exquisite performance) inhabits a lush and sensual world but is denied “perfect love.”
Nothing says movie romance like a doomed love triangle, and this is one of the best: Greta Garbo, Basil Rathbone, and Frederic March star in Clarence Brown’s swooning adaptation of the great Tolstoy novel.
Edmund Goulding’s masterpiece of set design and art direction tracks the denizens of Berlin’s Grand Hotel before the rise of fascism. The all-star cast includes Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and John Barrymore.
A world-weary Swedish girl (Garbo) makes her way back to her father’s fishing barge in Garbo’s sound debut, theatrically directed by Clarence Brown and costarring Charles Bickford and Marie Dressler.
Garbo explores the pains and pleasures of crossing between nations, genders, and sexualities in this loose biography of the Swedish Queen Christina, as infamous as Garbo for being a powerful, cross-dressing, girl-kissing woman.
Garbo delivers one of her finest performances and a feminist punch in this tale of an English aristocrat who acts out with calculated recklessness. John Gilbert and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. costar.
The attentions of a countess (Garbo) transform lifelong friends (John Gilbert and Lars Hanson) into bitter rivals in this fine example of the artistic and technical heights achieved by the Hollywood silent cinema in the late 1920s.