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One of my favorite title cards in the film is a line Garbo "says" in the film..."I believed in love once and love failed me." Another favorite one reads that "love comes once in life and it has passed us by." And also, when people miss the best life has to offer, life offers a second best as a consolation.
It is not a happy movie, but rather a bittersweet story. Sometimes I enjoy those types of stories more than the happy happy movies, because they are more true to life. I actually cried at the end, because it was such a bittersweet ending. I think it's a very powerful story of love lost and how life can go so differently from what one plans and hopes for.
Greta's performance is very good, but it was still early on in her career, so all the nuances and deep emotion of her acting are not fully developed.Read more ›
Garbo had made two European films prior to coming to the United States, "The Saga of Gosta Berling" with the Swedish Director, Mauritz Stiller and "The Street of Sorrows" directed by the German Director, G. W. Pabst. All of the beauty, mystery and personality of Greta Garbo can be seen in this first silent film.
A film not to be missed in seeing the first film of one, if not the greatest Actress of Hollywood during the Golden Years. And that statement was also made by Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Luise Rainer, Joan Crawford, Louise Brooks and many other Actresses and Critics of the period.
The Torrent is a little melodramatic, but made well. OF Course it's no Fritz Lang's "Die Nibelungen" which he made in Germany when his was THE king film director with the best studio and the biggest budget.
If you don't watch silent movies and you want to start with a good basic and have some easy movie watching fun, then I suggest you watch this. It is also very affordable compared to a lot of other popular silents made at that time. It is also a silent Garbo "must have".
Ricardo Cortez (1900-77) is top billed in this film as the son of a Spanish landowner, though Cortez (born Jacob Krantz in NYC) is no more Spanish than Garbo was. Cortez was groomed as a successor to Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926) and had a busy career in silent and early talkies, and was one of the first people to play Sam Spade (“Maltese Falcon” 1931).
The film is pretty standard love story for the mid 1920s, with star crossed lovers and an interfering mother. But the location scenes and the special effects are remarkable for the time, and this is one of the few major films from the silent era in which the actors do not over-act. The musical score is a little heavy handed, but again, for the era it is quite restrained.
Fans of Garbo will definitely want to see it.
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What a change from this to say CAMILLE.....She just got better and better!!!!Published 11 months ago by Kay Hazeldine Kathleen Hazeldine
I chose this rating because I'm a fan of Greta Garbo and that's also why I bought the movie, I would recommend this movie to any Greta Garbo fanPublished on February 17, 2014 by David
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