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  1. Hello everyone Some news regarding this event (you have probably seen the wonderful catalogue available in Enlgish as well which came out a few months ago). Regarding the exhibition, here is some information (on the Garbo official website) giving us fresh hope that more and more people will get a chance to see it in other countries around the world in the future (nothing definite yet, but I guess something must come up soon). http://www.gretagarbo.com/Offical_Websi ... VENTS.html
  2. The exhibition on Garbo ended in Milan (where I had the chance to go and see it), but next stop will be Florence at the Ferragamo Museum which organises the exhibition. On the web site of the Museum they say that the Museum is closed until May 13th in order to rearrange their space for the Garbo exhibition which will last until September. I will let you know if there is anything new about the exhibition (whether they will present it in the US or elsewhere). Also just for your information, the International Film Festival of La Rochelle in France is paying tribute to the silent Garbo (July 2-11
  3. Yes, very true what you say. And there was this dignity which forces us to respect them. Lynn fought her illness with dignity and courage without ever complaining and she was on stage, despite her problems and suffering, almost up to the end. A very great lady.
  4. This is absolutely terrible. So many tragedies have struck the Redgrave family over the past year or so. The tragic death of Natasha Richardson, about a year ago, then just a couple of weeks ago the death of Corin Redgrave (Vanessa's and Lynn's brother) and now Lynn. My heart really goes to the family. I have seen the Redgraves several times on stage and off (I am a huge admirer of Vanessa especially) and all I can say is that they were all (I have met Vanessa, Lynn, Corin and Natasha) marvellous and utterly human both on and off stage. I remember spending a Christmas in London back in 1990 wh
  5. Hello Thank you so much for your kind words. I absolutely understand your love for Garbo. For my part, although I knew some of her films and appreciated her before, it was at the time of her death in 1990 when I was a student in the US that I really got to know and love Garbo?s filmography and became passionate with her and that passion has never left me since. Quite to the contrary! Regarding the exhibition I do hope that it will travel elsewhere but it seems that for the time being there are no further plans after it ends in Florence in September. Some years ago the Ferragamo Museum d
  6. Hello everyone I just wanted to share something with you regarding the great Greta Garbo which may be of interest to everyone who loves this extraordinary actress. On Eastern weekend I was in Milan, Italy where I attended a magnificent exhibition on Garbo at the Triennale. The exhibition ended but it will move to Florence from May to September at the Ferragamo Museum. There is also a magnificent catalogue (in Italian for the moment, but it will also be published in English next September and will be available through amazon). Here is an article I prepared on this event and I hope you will
  7. In my mind, there is no way Garbo would lose her mystery with or without sound. That woman could very well be the very definition of the word mystery in its truest and most poetical sense. "True, there is a mystery in you", says a perplexed John Gilbert after Garbo's immortal scene memorizing the room where she has spent the night with her lover. Her voice is mysterious, her whole being is mysterious. True, she is different in talkies than in silents (in silents she was more openly sensual and physical), whereas in her talkies more spiritual I would say and more androynous which is part of her
  8. It is a wonderful film, more realistic I would say than the Clarence Brown version (which I also enjoy) and it seems that Garbo herself preferred by far the Jacques Feyder film and her performance in it. It is amazing how she tones down the character compared to the American version, she plays it with more subtlety and precision and her German is absolutely beautiful. Her entrance scene at the bar where she is to meet her father and Marthy is a masterwork of great screen acting. Look at how tough and bitter she looks at a point at her monologue when she teels Marthy about her rape by one of he
  9. Yes, which is unfair. He also did a solid job in directing another great Charles Laughton as Javert in his adaptation of "Les Mis?rables" and died unexpectedly in 1937 while filming "The end of Mrs Cheney" with Joan Crawford (a film which I also enjoyed).
  10. Thank you for all the information regarding the Jeanne Eagles verison of "The letter". I managed to locate the film and will hopefully receive the DVD in the next few days. Look forward to see this film. To go back to the Garbo version of "The painted veil" some credit must also be given to the director of the film Richard Boleslawski a great believer in actors and acting based on one's emotional experiences and feelings (sounds like the Method acting before its time). Boleswlawski who came from Russia (The Stanislavski method) was in awe of Garbo and her total immersion to the part as well as
  11. Very nicely put about the Maugham characters. Not so long ago I did finally get to read "The painted veil" and then I realized that it wasn't easy to adapt his books for the screen. His characters are not heroic, nor romantic which may have made it difficult for his Hollywood adaptations. Still as you have mentionned we have a lot to treasure from the Hollywood films adapted from his work. The actors are certainly extremely important in bringing his characters to life. If you have actors of genious like Garbo, Davis, Eagles you certainly can have no complaints and Herbert Marshall is also an i
  12. I agree that what is wonderful about a lot of the 1930 films is that they captured perfectly and most movingly the characters motivations with style,artistry, simplicity and charm. I think there are many reasons for that. The studio system of the thirties with the big studios and their favorite stars, the stars of course (Garbo, Davis, Hepburn, Stanwyck, Laughton, Grant, Marshall, Boyer etc), the film directors (Cukor, Mamulian, Lubitsch) as well as great cinematographers (Daniels) and costume designers like Adrian. This is the case with this version of "The painted veil". We know we are not
  13. I am gald so many people liked this film. Unfortunately, many critics or even Garbo admirers tend to dismiss it. Maybe this is so because it was released between two of Garbo'zs best known vehicles ("Queen Christina" and "Anna Karenina") where she played heroic larger than life tragic charcaters. In my humble opinion, it is one of Garbo's most fascinating films and she gives one of greatest and most natural performances. For once, she does not have to play a grand dame or femme fatale or tragic heroine but a young, complex human being and she does that with incomparable grace, charm and warmth
  14. It always depends how one defines beauty, but talking about photography or cinematography both the photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull (who ptotographed Garbo for most of her career at MGM) as well as William Daniels attest to Garbo's extraordinary and perfect beauty. There are also many reports from people who have met Garbo in everyday life (with no make up or any fancy clothes) and report that her beauty was extraordinary (for example Cecil Beaton when he met Garbo again in New York in 1946 says that she was far more beautiful in person than the screen...as if that was possible).
  15. Yes, I have seen that version of "The mysterious Lady" with the Carl Davis score, marvellous. It was shown several years ago on the French-German TV channel Arte (since I live in France I had the chance to watch it). Beautiful score by Carl Davis. Unfortunately it was not released on DVD nor shown again on TV here, although I have seen once on Carl Davis' web site that there was a live performance in Sweden I believe a few years ago where he conducted the orchestra playing his own music score during a screening of "The mysterious Lady". I wish I had been there!
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