A Greta Garbo Centennial Tribute

Monday, September 05, 2005

Torrent (1926) - Monta Bell - 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 12 frames taken from Torrent aka Ibáñez' Torrent by Monta Bell.

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The importance of Close-Ups in Greta Garbo's stairway to Stardom.
You should read the essay 'Greta Garbo is sad' by Brian Gallagher, a professor of English and film at the City University of New York (LaGuardia) on the Images website.

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'We didn't need dialogue; we had faces' -
Norma Desmond/Gloria Swanson about the silent era in Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder.

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'Greta Garbo is sad. Not only in certain situations, for certain reasons. Greta Garbo's beauty is beauty of suffering; she suffers life and all the surrounding world. . . . Greta Garbo's beauty is a beauty which is in opposition to the world of today.' - Bela Balázs.

The Torrent is about the love between a provincial Spanish girl, Leonora (Garbo) and the spoiled, yet handsome scion of an aristocratic family, Don Rafael (Cortez). When his mother Dona Bernarda (Martha Mattox) thwarts their plans for marriage, the talented Leonora goes to Paris to study voice. Returning as a famous prima donna, she rekindles her romance with her lover - after he heroically saves her from a flash flood. However, his domineering mother separates them again, forcing her son to marry a woman of her choice, Isabella (Lillian Leighton). Several more years pass, and The Fates brings the former lovers together once more... -
Dean Thompson.
These frames are taken from a Broadcast on TCMFrance in october 2004.


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


Anonymous Martin Kukuczka said...

Most of these pictures are the ones that are very difficult to find elsewhere. Greta is very beautiful in a slightly different sense than in her later movies. She looks girlish. Greta thanks for these photos. They motivated me to buy THE TORRENT.

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Blogger who said...

just surfing the net...searching for Isabella rossellini "essay" on greta grabo...and found your blog...

I think it's grat to have a blog, writting about her:)

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Blogger Caroline said...

Omg! thank you so much!
merci beaucoup! ces caps sont géniaux! Puis-je en utiliser quelques uns pour faire des icons?
merci pour ce travail de capture xD

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