A Greta Garbo Centennial Tribute

Monday, September 19, 2005

As You Desire Me (1932) - Georges Fitzmaurice - Part2

To celebrate Greta Garbo's 100th birthday in September 18th 2005, every friday this month i will dedicate this blog to one of her Yet-To-Be Released-On-DVD movies. As i do in my other blog named : 24 Lies Per Second which is dedicated to "screen captures of old rare movies from vhs", i will focus on one of her movies in 24 frames taken from my personal collection. Before we begin, i want to thank TCMFrance for their nearly complete Garbo Retrospective in october 2004.
If you're living in the USA, be thrilled to know that Turner Classic Movies is broadcasting the same great retrospective this very september 2005 !!

So this is my last 21 frames taken from As You Desire Me directed by George Fitzmaurice. Yes, i know i didn't respect my rules of 24 frames but this is Greta Garbo and each week it is very difficult to choose those 24 frames, so...
Enjoy the bonus !!

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This is one of the most underrated Garbo movie and i can't see why.
Of course it's poorly filmed but there is good moments notably the Cigarette scene. The script has been written too quickly so it lacks real depth to the characters but the plot is interesting.

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"...there is nothing left in me, nothing in me, take me, take me and make me as you desire me!" is one of her most famous line in this movie.

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This is the Cigarette scene and why this movie should be re-evaluated. Her other partner in the movie Melvyn Douglas has said : "Her act makes you feel you were with a woman who knew all there is to know about love".
It seems so.

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"Garbo had announced that As You Desire Me would be her final picture, and appeared to be making good on her promise when she boarded a ship for Europe shortly after filming wrapped." Paul Tatara - TCM in this month schedule.
She left Hollywood to Europe for 8 months after this movie, only to return to her conditions and to be the Queen Christina to Eternity...
"Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man(Tony)shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara is actually Maria, the wife of his close friend Bruno. Maria, Tony claims, had her memory destroyed during a World War I invasion 10 years ago. Zara doesn't remember but leaves with Tony to Salter's dismay. Bruno, now an officer in the Italian army, tries to coax Maria's memory back on his large estate. No one is really sure if Zara is Maria, and when Salter shows up with a mental case that he claims is the real Maria, everyone on Bruno's estate is desperately searching for the truth." Gary Jackson. IMDB.

These frames are taken from a Broadcast on TCMFrance in october 2004.
As you Desire Me has been made available by Turner Home Video on VHS in 1990.

bye bye now...
See you next friday for another Garbo movie.
In the meantime, any comments will be appreciated.
This blog has been listed as one of the Best New Links for the current week by Classic Movies.org. thank you Brad.

You can also find my captures of The Kiss on the german Garbo site : Hommage an die Göttliche!. Thank you Dirk.


Anonymous fanfan said...

alors là vivian, sur les 23,24,25, elle est SUBLIMISSIME,
que c'est beau !!tu nous en mets plein les mirettes!!
ça devient frustrant!! merde quoi..moi je veux le voir çuila..
dirigé et joué avec "l'impérial "
ERIC, VON S......mazette!! une rareté ce film..
et hier, l'anniversaire du centenaire de GRETA!!!
merci VIVIAN de nous faire découvrir ces merveilles...

7:34 PM

Blogger philippe said...

ah bah t'étais où ?
bon je crois qu'une copie s'impose, non ?

7:58 PM

Anonymous Martin Kukuczka said...

In these pictures, Garbo looks more herself than in the first part of the film. She wonderfully performs Zara/Maria but her leading men are O.K. I have seen this movie recently on German TV and would recommend it to every Garbo fan. It is not her best film, but worth a look too, particularly the second part.

The screen captures are wonderfully selected! Bravo, Phillipe! Continue to do it.

7:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the ciggy scene is my favorite also. She just devours Melvyn at the very end as the ciggy falls.

The transformation from Zara to Maria is beyond words, both physically and personality wise. What an actress and what a great beauty. She takes your breath away when you see her on the train with her real golden locks.

5:37 PM


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