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One year after 1933's Queen Christina, Greta Garbo again portrays a heroine faced with irrevocable choices. She plays Katrin in The Painted Veil, an exotic love triangle loosely based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel. The story unfolds in China, where Katrin's marriage to busy M.D. Walter Fane (Herbert Marshall) is in trouble. Lonely and neglected, Katrin falls in love with diplomatic attaché Jack Townsend (George Brent). When Walter discovers the affair, he takes Katrin inland to fight a cholera epidemic, maliciously thinking the disease will kill them both. But working together helps rebuild their marriage... until Townsend resurfaces. Now Katrin must choose. MGM backed The Painted Veil with a then-opulent $1 million budget, but the real attraction remains Garbo and her incomparable mystique. Said The New York Times in a review of the film: "She is the most miraculous blend of personality and sheer dramatic talent the screen has ever known."
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Can't beat the basic story.
Ending is different from the later color version with Naomi Watts.
The remake's worth watching, particularly for the scenery.
Even though this was not remastered it was taken from a far better print than the VHS, at least in my opinion. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. L. Owens Jr.
Any movie with Garbo is worth having in your library, but this love triangle in China is rather lame. No one is especially good, particularly the story. Some elaborate sets. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jim Tarleton
this was a very good movie of greta garbos. the quality of the film was good and the acting was of the highest quality.Published 22 months ago by judy schwinnen
I had seen the new version of this movie with Naomi Watts. One day I was watching the Turner Movie Classics channel and The Painted Veil was playing, but it was with Greta Garbo. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Rochelle Taylor
This movie contained unexpected twists and turns. Another example of the extraordinary talents of Greta Garbo. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Garbolvr