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Anna Christie is adapted from Eugene O'Neill's play, a piece of gloom about prostitute Anna returning to her seafaring father (George F. Marion) and falling for a sailor (Charles Bickford). The movie's fascination as a Garbo milestone and slice of early-sound Hollywood easily outstrip its actual value as a work of art, for it has not aged especially well. Under the direction of Garbo regular Clarence Brown, the dialogue tends to fall on long, dead pauses and creak with early-sound-era uncertainty. But the print for the DVD release looks very good, and despite her sometimes dodgy approach to English, it's still Garbo--odd, sexy, uncategorizable. The DVD also includes the German-language version, directed by Jacques Feyder, with Garbo and a German cast; the print quality is not as felicitous as the American version but it's an intriguing contrast, and Garbo looks slightly more comfortable in speaking. --Robert Horton
Overacted and melodramatic and under-lighted. . .
The story in itself is interesting.
However, I think of this movie as of primarily historical interest. Read more
The DVD plays well and the movie is wonderful.It's a very compelling story. Garbo is superb.It is one of her best movies.Published 16 months ago by mjo121
When viewed on T.V. Garbo's first sound film has always seemed to me rather creaky, its pacing at times laboured, and the actress herself in many scenes awkward and ill at ease. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alan clayton
This was the film that transitioned Greta Garbo from the silent film era to the talkies. Based on the gloomy play of the same name by Eugene O'Neill, this film has not aged all... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lawyeraau
Although it is overshadowed by the artistry of Eugene O'Neil's later works, ANNA CHRISTIE has remained a favorite on the world scene since its 1921 stage debut. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Gary F. Taylor
... in staging Eugene O'Neil's 1920 drama "Anna Christie" is that it's a corny, dated melodrama. On the other hand, it's one of the best corny, dated melodramas in the repertoire. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Giordano Bruno