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The Painted Veil
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Fresh from her triumph in "Queen Christina", the previous year MGM legend Garbo tackled this modern dress romantic film which turned out to be her last modern themed film for quite some time. Indeed by this stage in her career Garbo was down to only making one film a year so her productions were always viewed as special events even when their stories might not have always been up to the quality of the rest of the production. "The Painted Veil", is a classic example of just this. While the story itself is fairly ordinary the same cannot be said for the lavish production with all its "A" list features, and the interesting central performance by Garbo. The story centres around an Austrian girl named Katrin who after the wedding of her only sister finds herself at a loose end and lonely for companionship. Still in the fallout from the wedding Katrin meets her father's assistant Dr. Walter Fane (Herbert Marshall), a sturdy but unexciting man who is immediately infatuated with Katrin and on a whim asks her to marry him before he returns to his position in Hong Kong.Read more ›
I have not read the book that this movie is loosely based on, so I can't give a comparison on that. But, I have heard it is very loosely based on the book. I don't think it should really be compared to the book, because it is completely separate...this is a Garbo vehicle, not a direct filming of a book plot. This film is for Garbo to shine and to give the Garbolaters (those are people who practice "Garbolatry" (idolatry for Garbo fans) a chance to glory in her performance. Garbo fans will indeed be beside themselves...there are many wonderful shots of her, close-ups, and of course her sincere and moving performance. However, the movie is more than a Garbo vehicle. It is a well-done film and others I've shown it to who aren't Garbomaniacs have enjoyed it as well. If you don't like 30's films, then of course reconsider, because this IS 1934.
I am impressed with the picture and sound quality in this. I have the VHS as well, and while it's not bad quality, the VHS picture is kind of grainy and the sound can be quiet and some of the dialogue can be hard to hear. When I put this DVD in, I thought, "Wow"! It is a noticeable improvement from the VHS. The picture is sharp and clear and the sound is focused and up front...I don't have to turn the volume up loud like I did on the VHS. Although, on Warner's website they said they didn't do any re-mastering, but they used the best quality video master available. So, while it's not like, say, the latest re-master of 'Casablanca', it's definitely a nice, clear picture and good, clear sound.
There are no special features, scene selections, subtitles, or trailer. This is the film only, and that is enough.
Anyway, the film is loosely based on Maugham Somerset's book of the same name. Dr. Fane (Herbert Marshall) vacations in Austria where he falls in love with Katrin (Greta Garbo) and proposes to her shortly before leaving back to China. Katrin marries him and goes back to China with him where, as a busy M.D., he tends to neglect his wife who through loneliness and neglect enters into an affair with another man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the worst Garbo film ever made. Plot was ridiculous, The scenes of rioting Chinese tiresome. I would not advise anyone to buy it.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
My husband and I watched this movies not really thinking it was going to be all that good but we were pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 1shasta
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 on March 9, 2014 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 on December 24, 2013 by Jim Tarleton
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