The Garbo Silents Collection

The Garbo Silents Collection

DVD - 2005
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"She was dubbed 'the Sphinx of Hollywood,' 'the Sarah Bernhardt of Films' and 'the Dream Princess of Eternity.' She was Greta Garbo, the Swedish-born actress who first awed American audiences with her enigmatic beauty in a series of MGM silent films which catapulted her to international movie stardom. This TCM Archives 2-disc The Garbo Silents Collection focuses on Garbo's earliest years in Hollywood. In The Temptress (1926, Disc 2) Garbo establishes her magnetic screen persona as a vamp who destroys the lives of men who cannot resist her charms. In Flesh and the Devil (1927, Disc 1), she is an irresistible vixen who comes between lifelong friends John Gilbert and Lars Hanson, and in The Mysterious Lady (1928, Disc 2), a Russian spy who seduces her victims. Each film contributed mightily in building the Garbo legend that still manages to fascinate audiences almost 80 years later."--Container.
Flesh and the devil: Best friends love the same woman and resort to a duel.
The mysterious lady: An alluring Russian spy falls in love with her "target."
The temptress: An unhappy wife falls in love with a Spanish engineer.

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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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