A Conversation for Greta Garbo
Ashley Started conversation Dec 4, 2000
There has been no actress who has managed to flame the fire of passion in so many hearts as Garbo. She managed to whip men in to a frenzy with a look, force fierce men to their knees with a scowl and bring mirth to the most dire of hearts. Unlike her contemporary Dietrich (their careers shadowed each other - when Garbo made her comedy Ninotchka, Dietrich did a comedy - Destry Rides Again - with Jimmy Stewart), Garbo's sexuality was not overt. It was there, it was seething, tumultuous in its repressed state but it was unthreatening nonetheless.
The cinema is a sadder place without her and she is one of the few actresses to have the courage of her convictions - she retired and never returned to the screen. True, she broke the hearts of many men but she kept her word.
A Garbo season at the NFT in London is a guaranteed sell-out months in advance - out stripping other identifiable actresses - and is guaranteed to break the hearts of yet another generation of young, impressionable men.
As you can tell, Garbo is my favourite - the French even call her 'La Divine'...
Fragilis - h2g2 Cured My Tabular Obsession Posted Dec 4, 2000
I didn't know that she is called 'La Divine!' It's a great name for her, though. She really was.
When I go back to watch silent films, very few of them retain my interest for long. I guess I'm spoiled by today's technology. But Garbo also seems to light up the screen when she is on, even if she never says a word.
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