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Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy Hardcover – August 1, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081095897X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810958975
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Only Marlene Dietrich rivaled Garbo as a beauty, a movie star, and a photographic subject, and one of the most amusing motifs in Vieira's film-by-film account of her career consists of regarding Dietrich's changes in image, style, and choice of film "vehicle" as reactions to those of Garbo. The critical consensus is that Garbo was the better actress but that Dietrich appeared in many more important films than Garbo did. Vieira doesn't dispute this but claims that Garbo's oeuvre is more significant than is commonly acknowledged. Unfortunately, he never argues the merits of any of the films enough to begin to prove his point. No lover of Hollywood history will mind, though, since his detailed, impressively well-written accounts of Garbo's 24 completed Hollywood features and one aborted project are entertaining as well as informative. And the accompanying 300 black-and-white photos are--need it be said?--ravishing. Ray Olson
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About the Author

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer, a film historian, and the author of Abrams' acclaimed Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits, Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, and Hollywood Horror: From Gothic to Cosmic. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Mark Vieira's "Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy" is an excellent book.
K. Anez.
This book is a must have for anyone even remotely interested in Garbo or this time period of film.
M
I purchased a used copy of the book that was described as "Like New" and it was.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M on August 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is yet another book for the ultimate Garbo fan. The pictures are absolutely radiant and clear, and even more photos of Garbo that have never been seen before. Vieira's take is an extremely interesting one - taking a close look at each and every film through Garbo's growth of her own true art while intertwining more of the studio politics involved from documentation during the time of every single one of her films. The way he appreciates her for her acting ability is refreshing for any Garbo lover. This book is like the newest drug that makes you even more addicted to watching her movies.

Vieira does have interesting speculations about what was really happening during certain peculiar abscences in her time at the studio, what were the real causes for conflict with Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer, etc., based on letters and documents that were found or not found during his research. Even though you may not be completely swayed some of his suggestions, they are still very intriguing discoveries about her life during her film career and keep the mind wondering about the wonderful and mysterious Garbo.

This book is a must have for anyone even remotely interested in Garbo or this time period of film. Vieira also adds bits of information throughout about cameras and photography from the silent to the sound era - very interesting technical facts woven in about what equipment people working in a large studio at the time were dealing with - not boring in any way shape or form. Thank you Vieira! I highly recommend his other books, too.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. M Mills on September 22, 2005
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The Swedish Sphinx Greta Garbo (1905-1990 was "an enigma wrapped up in mystery" to most people. However, in this out-

standing book you will come to know her for what she is best

remembered for: her movies!

Viera analyses each of Garbo's films from her first silent

feature "Torrent" through to her last talkie "Two Faced Woman."

In between these two films you will:

a. Have a in-depth analysis of each of the films

b. See the secrets revealed of such masters of photography as

William Daniels, Hurrell and Bull who lit Garbo to perfection.

c. Learn of Garbo's torrid and tortured affair with John Gilber

d. Learn about her great director Stiller and her work with such American directors as Clarence Brown and others.

e. Explore the business side of her relationship with MGM

as she dealt with moguls such as LB Meyer and boy wonder Irving

Grant Thalberg,

Viera is a photographer and film historian who makes the life

and career of Garbo come alive after all these years. I have enjoyed his earlier: "Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits" and "Sin in

Sof-Focus" always profiting from the enjoyable hours spent in his

company.

This is an essential book for any Garbo or movie fan of the golden era of Hollywood! A true delight!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary Thorleuy on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Any book put out by Abrams has my vote and a place on my book shelf. This book on Garbo is no exception. Without reading a word her story is told through the fabulous photographs. A must for fans of classic film, Garbo (obviously!) and photography buffs!

Amazing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Anez. on September 18, 2009
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Mark Vieira's "Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy" is an excellent book. Great research. Very informative of all her films and the great legacy they are. Also, he has told facts in her personal life that were not known until recently. (I agree 100% re the Oct. 1926 to Apr. 1927 "strike" and two months again after; honestly, I thought the same a long time ago)!
I also agree 100% w/his saying that Karen Swenson's biography, "Greta Garbo-A Life Apart", is the definitive one (read this book twice too).
If there is any fault at all that I find w/Mr. Vieira's excellent work, it is as follows: The constant references to M. Dietrich. Furthermore, I certainly don't believe any kind of info that Dietrich's daughter Maria Riva has related.
Another pet peeve is the non-mentioning of the way John Gilbert, who loved Greta passionately and vice versa (they really were star-crossed lovers), was really destroyed with glee by Mayer.
All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book I bought about Greta Garbo. Luckily, it happened to be a good one. The book is nicely put together, very informative and includes many rare photos of hers. The writing style is easy to follow and divided, just the right amount of words in each chapter.

The reader can learn about Garbo's personal life and her movie career at the same time. Vieria was a genius that was able to include all aspects and viewpoints of the various difficulties and circumstances of Garbo's career. We follow her through her relationships with men, the filming of movies, and talking up (or down) the companies that hired her. But that's not all: Vieria was wise enough to choose only the best photographs that would be valuable to the reader to include in his book about Garbo.

With all of the books I have reviewed thus far, I end up donating them or feeling that they're a waste, but Vieria authored one that was really good. Worth keeping and reading, looking at from time to time.
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More About the Author

Mark A. Vieira was born in Oakland, California on October 28, 1950. He is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer specializing in Hollywood history. He makes glamour portraits with George Hurrell's camera in the historic Granada Buildings, where Hurrell had his original studio.

In October 2009 Mark celebrated his fortieth anniversary as a professional photographer. In October 2010 the University of Southern California's ONE Archives Gallery and Museum presented a retrospective of his work entitled "The Glamorous Gaze."

Mark has lectured at USC, UCLA, at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, the Palm Springs Film Festival, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He has appeared on camera in Photoplay Productions' "Garbo," in Turner Classic Movies' "Moguls and Movie Stars," Playboy's "Sex at 24 Frames per Second," in Universal's "Forbidden Film," and on "CBS Sunday Morning." In the 2011 BBC documentary "Shooting the Stars," he photographed Leslie Mann and interviewed Jane Russell.

In 2009 Mark guest-curated the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exhibition: "Irving Thalberg: Creating the Hollywood Studio System, 1920-1936." In 2011 he co-curated "Harlow at 100" for the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building.

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