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After her debut in Europe and before she famously talked in Anna Christie, the most enigmatic of all movie stars, Greta Garbo, made 10 silent films at MGM. This DVD collects three of the group, a representative look at Garbo as unspeaking icon. The jewel in the batch is Flesh and the Devil, the gorgeous 1927 hit that partnered her with John Gilbert (a box-office tandem that lit up the end of the silent era). In this one, Garbo threatens the lifelong friendship of dashingly romantic Gilbert and wealthy Lars Hanson; the high melodrama culminates in a gallant duel and (literally) thin ice. Clarence Brown directed Garbo for the first of many times. The Temptress (1926) is wilder, with Garbo as a man-killer who follows Antonio Moreno to the romantic plains of Argentina. The opening sequence, as she and Moreno fall madly in love during a Gatsby-esque party, is like a thumbnail of the exotic, heady Garbo appeal--instant, head-over-heels amour amongst the marble statues and champagne. There's also a bullwhip duel that must be seen to be believed. The Mysterious Lady (1928) is an even better vehicle for her, a tight lady-spy number that emphasizes Garbo's sultry, remote appeal. It's marred only by poor print quality. But at least The Mysterious Lady exists, unlike Victor Sjostrom's The Divine Woman, a Garbo film that survives only in an intriguing 9-minute scene, which is included on the DVD.

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Special Features * Includes: The Temptress (1926), Flesh and the Devil (1927), and The Mysterious Lady (1928) * Commentary by "Garbo" author Barry Paris on Flesh and the Devil * Commentary by "Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy" author Mark A. Vieira on The Temptress * Commentary by film historians Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance on The Mysterious Lady * The Divine Woman: surviving 9-minute excerpt of this lost 1928 silent * Alternate endings on Flesh and the Devil and The Temptress * Settling the Score: goes behind the scenes of the TCM Young Film Composers Competition and the scoring of notable silent movies, including these Garbo classics * Photo montages on all three movies Read more

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WA67472 Garbo Silents DVD (Flesh and the Devil/Mysterious Lady/Temptress/1926/Greta Garbo) $39.98 $35.99