Anna Christie (English Version) (1930)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1930.  .  Screenplay by , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Clarence Brown, .  Music by .  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Garbo talks! The great actress’s first talkie is a bit of a stinker nowadays, laden with its dated morality and stodgy dialogue, but its cinematic historical significance should mean some will very much want to watch it. plays a woman of “dubious reputation” who returns to her father’s house years after he sent her away to live a better life in Minnesota.   She hopes that he won’t know her big secret of the last few years (she lived in a house of “ill repute”) but inevitably it finds its way to him.

Marie Dressler is excellent in a supporting role as the town drunk. Good for Garbo’s fans, boring for everyone else, like many films of the day, this one was shot twice, in German and in English, although unlike von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel this one used two separate casts except for Garbo in the lead.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Greta Garbo); Best Director (Clarence Brown); Best Cinematography

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