A Greta Garbo Centennial Tribute

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Kiss (1929) - Jacques Feyder - Part 2

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 !!

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So this is my last 12 frames taken from The Kiss
by french director Jacques Feyder.

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People should be aware of the adorable and deeply moving Lew Ayres.
He had 21 and this was his second movie. Of course he will be more known the year after in All Quiet on the Western Front by Lewis Milestone, but all his scenes with Garbo are marvellous because she seems more natural and simpler. And the scene when he is wounded, his face covered in blood (you'll find them below as a bonus), he looked so pure and immersed in his part that you can't help but think of a young Saint Sebastian.
Then you think of Rock Icon Pete Doherty.

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Another masterpiece shot by Cinematographer William H. Daniels.
"She is an exile in a distant land and does not know how she came to be where she is."
Bela Balazs. Theory Of The Film. 1952.

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This will be the last silent movie made by MGM a year after the debut of the Talkies.

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PLOT
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Greta Garbo plays Irene Guarry, the unhappy wife of a silk merchant (Anders Randolf) in Lyon, France. Pierre Lassalle (Lew Ayres), the son of her husband's business partner, is madly in love with Irene, but she resists his advances. However, her jealous husband tries to kill Pierre. When Irene kills her husband with his own gun to save the young man, Pierre's father makes him keep quite about what happened. At her trial, Irene is defended by Andre Dubail (Conrad Nagel), her former lover.
Lawrance M.Bernabo. Amazon reviewer.
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NOTES
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These frames are taken from a Broadcast on TCMFrance in october 2004.
The Kiss has been made available by Warner on VHS in 2000.
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A Lew Ayres tribute.

bonus 1 -
bonus 2 -
bonus 3 -
bonus 4 -
bonus 5 -

bye bye now...
See you next friday for another Garbo movie.
In the meantime, any comments will be appreciated.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Kaia said...

Aaahhh,mais j'en connais une qui a le jeune homme en fond d'écran!!!

12:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nakis


Ah "The Kiss" une merveille, les décors Arte déco, cette recherche visuelle de Jacques Feyder en permanence, le jeune Lew Ayres et avant tout la Divine...tout simplement Divine.

6:56 PM

 
Anonymous fanfan said...

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10:53 AM

 
Anonymous fanfan said...

bon , alors ça y est vivian j'ai vu le film ....
d'abord GARBO, sa grâce, sa nonchalance,et quel visage expressif, quelle beauté, et cette façon qui n'appartient qu' a elle de jouer "du sourcil"....
évidemment elle transperce l'écran ..(elle fait très manequin haute couture je trouve)
le scénario est bateau c'est sur!!
et puis il y a auusi cet acteur LEW AYRES, c'est vrai qu'il fait vraiment pas années 30 , il fait carrémment star de rock!! il dégage...ce qu'il est beau!!
c'est un tribute à GRETA, alors , moi j'ai toujours été sugjuguée par cette femme mystérieuse....
magnifique , magnétique ,femme fatale, n'est ce pas?
c'est simple , il n'y aurait pas de sous titres , on suivrait quand même..tant son visage est "parlant".....
des actrices comme ça , hien.....
cela me laisse sans voix..
merci vivian..merci....
moment suspendu , carrément hypnotisée, par la belle....
et le beau...(.oui il est sur mon fond d'écran).........

11:08 AM

 
Anonymous Martin Kukuczka said...

Pictures 16 and 17 are gorgeous! They are so close to kiss each other... the intensity of emotions is felt. I dream to see the movie!

Lew Ayres must have been qite good in this role. However, Garbo always shone in her roles and it must have been VERY DIFFICULT to be recognized in the films where one appeared by her side.

8:02 PM

 
Blogger philippe said...

thank you martin for all your comments. i hope you'll like the next movies's captures as well.

8:12 PM

 

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