Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. US. 1933. NR. 99 minutes. Warner. 35mm.
Sun., April 30, 2017
“In one of her most intoxicating performances, Greta Garbo radiates sensuality and regal authority as the lonely but compassionate 17th-century Swedish monarch – who renounced her throne rather than be forced to wed and produce an heir. Exquisitely photographed, the film also features John Gilbert as her intended, who can’t understand her reluctance and constant wearing of men’s trousers. Mamoulian’s classic works as both historical epic and examination of individual expression, Garbo posed sphinx-like at the bow of a ship is unforgettable.” (TLA Video Film Guide, 2003)