My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

 shines in her first comedy in this hilarious early Billy Wilder script, the film that was the basis for the musical Silk Stockings. A tough-as-nails Russian agent (Garbo) is in Paris to sell a royal member’s precious jewels and finds herself attracting the attention of swoony . Not one to be tempted by the amorous advances of a man, Garbo completely resists him until the starry light of Paris and the idea of romance become too attractive. When he finally breaks her ice in a tavern and makes her laugh, cinema history is born! (In actual fact, the sound department had to beef up Garbo’s famous laugh in post-production). Hysterically funny and romantic too.

USA, 1939

Directed by

Screenplay by , , , based on the original story by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1939



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