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The Torrent

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Three and a half minutes into Torrent, the camera discovers an actress, new to Hollywood, her hands clasped in prayer - and an international screen legend is born. After appearing in only two films in her native Sweden, Greta Garbo starred in this tempestuous tale of the star-crossed romance between a Spanish nobleman (charismatic Ricardo Cortez) and a peasant girl (Garbo) who, even after finding fame as an opera star, can never forget the aristocrat she loves. In its review, Variety spoke for audiences enthralled by the lanky newcomer with the expressive, astonishingly beautiful face: "Greta Garbo, making her American debut as a screen star, might just as well be hailed here as the find of the year." Or any year.

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  • Actors: Ricardo Cortez, Greta Garbo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JK3T8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I really enjoyed this picture. I must have as I've watched it three times. There is a good story which Garbo lifts well above melodrama. It's a tale of two lovers who have a powerful chemical attraction but who are mismatched. This situation is well drawn. The film shows what a charismatic star Garbo was as soon as she hit the screen. The soundtrack is also a highlight, a beautiful score that adds volumes to one's enjoyment of the film. Five Stars. Not to be missed for Silent Fans or Garbo Fans.
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"Torrent" was Greta Garbo's American film debut. She was 20 at the time. I was very excited to see this film and I was not disappointed. It is an excellent silent film...not just for Garbo fans, but for anyone. It has a new score, which is very good indeed. The theme for Garbo and her lover is absolutely gorgeous and heart breaking at the same time. What a treat that this film got a new, full orchestration. The film quality is also good. Some silent films have a lot of flecks, lines, etc., but this one doesn't. A few of the title cards (isn't that what it's called for the words that come up on the screen in silent films?) have some major damage, but you can still read them. The various scenes have different color...there is the standard black and white, and also purple tint, blue tint, red tint, pink tint, and orange tint. It's not distracting, though...it's rather pretty. I'm assuming it was done that way on purpose.

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.
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Garbo's first American film, shows clearly what was to come from her acting abilities and persona in the next 23 films she made in the United States for roughly the next 16 years, and all for MGM Studios. She was 36 years old at the time of her last film, "Two Faced Woman" directed by George Cukor. "The Torrent" was a popular and critical success at the time. Most of Garbo's films were photographed by the noted cameraman William Daniels.

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.
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Garbo's 1st American silent movie. This movie was not a "vehicle" for her, but for Ricardo Cortez who was the "hot" male silent movie star at that time. Greta Garbo not only steals the movie , but the hearts of the the American movie goers as well. This movie led to many more movies in America, as she proved well that she would also be great at "talkies" due to her great voice (her looks didn't hurt her chances either...duh...).
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".
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“The Torrent” is a 1926 black and white silent film that features Greta Garbo (1905-90) in her first featured English film. That same year she made “Flesh and the Devil” (1926) which was directed by Clarence Brown, with whom she worked often. Garbo was nominated 3 times for an Oscar (“Anna Christie”, “Camille”, and “Ninotchka”) but never won. She is listed #5 on the AFI’s list of Greatest Actresses. Quite frankly, from this film, it’s not obvious that she would have such a distinguished career ahead for herself.

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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