The Flick Chick - 11 Days of Garbo
: "I recently bought the Greta Garbo Signature Collection
...I've been enjoying the collection so much that I've decided to dedicate the next 11 days to looking at the 11 films included in the collection: three silents, the pre-code films which helped establish her as a star who could continue into the sound age, the films made towards the end of her film career for which she is perhaps best known, and a documentary feature produced by Turner Classic Movies."The Temptress (1926)
"Garbo is very effective in the role, even though she apparently hated making the film"
Flesh and the Devil (1926)
"Despite plot points you can see coming a mile away, this is an incredibly watchable film"
The Mysterious Lady (1928)
"Thin on plot and characterization and heavy on melodrama, the only real reason to watch this is to look at Garbo"
Anna Christie (1930)
"You can chart the progression of their relationship through the cinematography and Garbo’s wardrobe"
Mata Hari (1931)
"It plays to the strengths of the Garbo image – the exotic/special character of her beauty, the mysteriousness of her nature and the sense of danger that both of those things entail"
Grand Hotel (1932)
"This isn’t really a Garbo film, as such, though she shines in all of her scenes"
Queen Christina (1933)
"it’s an excuse to cast Garbo as a Queen and play with the androgynous aspects of her persona"
Anna Karenina (1935)
"When he goes to the train station to meet his mother, he comes face to face with Anna Karenina who is introduced in the greatest of all Garbo’s entrances (perhaps one of the great film entrances ever)"
"Of all the films she made, this one was Garbo’s favourite"
"This is a terrific film, easily the lightest and happiest of any Garbo ever made"
"It doesn’t tell us much about Garbo’s life (we do get tidbits here and there), but instead focuses on how the Garbo legend was created and took on a life of its own"