TCM Archives - The Garbo Silents:

Flesh and the Devil (1927)          The Mysterious Lady (1928)          The Temptress (1926)     

 

This TCM Archives 2-disc The Garbo Silents Collection focuses on Garbo's earliest years in Hollywood. In The Temptress (1926, Disc 2) Garbo establishes her magnetic screen persona as a vamp who destroys the lives of men who cannot resist her charms. In Flesh and the Devil (1927, Disc 1), she is an irresistible vixen who comes between lifelong friends John Gilbert and Lars Hanson, and in The Mysterious Lady (1928, Disc 2), a Russian spy who seduces her victims. Each film contributed mightily in building the Garbo legend that still manages to fascinate audiences almost 80 years later.

 


directed by Clarence Brown
USA 1927

 

A melodrama of frustrated desire played out in an endless succession of sumptuously curtained boudoirs, this 1926 film established Greta Garbo as the silent era's most alluring enigma. The tragedy of Garbo's career is that she lent her presence to so many mediocre films, and this Clarence Brown effort (his first of many with Garbo) is no exception. Turgid and stiff, it finds the magic only occasionally.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's comments at the Chicago Reader located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: December 25th, 1926

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:52:16 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.71 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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Audio Music accompaniment (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Intertitle translation French Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Garbo Author Barry Paris
• Documentaries - Settling the Score Goes Behind the Scenes of the TCM Young Film Composers
• Alternate Ending
• Photo Montage

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005

Double slim Keep Case 
Chapters: 23

 

 

Comments:

Of the three feature films in this DVD set, this image looks the best. Good contrast and bright intertitles it still shows some degree of sharpness some almost 80 years later. There is minor damage. The commentary is insightful focusing a lot on Garbo herself. The documentary on the development of the new score might only be of interest to a small few, but the alt-ending has some legitimate value and although the montage is filler - it looks fantastic.   

Gary W. Tooze

 





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directed by Fred Niblo
USA 1928

 

 "The Mysterious Lady" is good, not great, silent spy melodrama with Garbo perfectly cast in the title role, looking alluring even with her wavy curly hairstyle, a few years before Garbo's transformation to her more famous long straight hair. Conrad Nagel is satisfactory as her co-star, but no threat to Garbo's more famous leading man, John Gilbert, who might have made a go in the part of Karl.

While "The Mysterious Lady" had been available on video cassette for a number of years now, accompanied by the same musical score that originated from 1973's public television presentation of "Movies-Great-Movies," as hosted by Richard Schickel on WNET, Channel 13, in New York City to commemorate MGM's fiftieth anniversary, Turner Classic Movies premiered this silent melodrama June 5, 2002, with an all-new soundtrack conducted by Vivek Maddana. Although the new score is at times satisfactory, I feel that it is totally unnecessary to score a silent movie that has been scored already, especially when the old score succeeds in setting the mood and pace to the story. With the setting of "The Mysterious Lady" taking place in Vienna, the new Maddana score in parts gives the impression that the storyline takes place in Venice, Italy. Originally distributed at 98 minutes, the TCM presentation of "The Mysterious Lady" plays at 89 minutes.

Excerpt of lugonian from Kissimmee review at IMdb located HERE

Theatrical Release: August 4th, 1928

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:29:15 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Music accompaniment (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Intertitle translation French Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary - by Film Historians Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance
• "The Divine Woman' Short Film with Garbo from 1928 - (9:09)
• Photo Montage 

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005

Double slim Keep Case 
Chapters: 16

 

 

Comments:

There is a lot of visible damage in the print used for this transfer. The image has some cloudy/hazy moments but not far off what you might expect from something this old. The scratches do detract somewhat from the film but it certainly gives you a sense of what you are watching. The commentary is another good one with lots of interesting tidbits. I actually liked the short film with Garbo included as an extra and the montage sequence looks outstanding.  

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directed by Fred Niblo
USA 1926

 

  THE TEMPTRESS, an important project that helped advanced the screen career of Greta Garbo, at long last, premiered January 24, 2005, on Turner Classic Movies cable channel, accompanied by a new score composed by Michael Picton. Scoring a silent movie is challenging, as mentioned in the half hour special that preceded the movie, and minutes into watching THE TEMPTRESS, the result of Picton's work is satisfactory and rewarding. In spite the fact that host Bob Osborne announced THE TEMPTRESS as making its world television premiere, it actually did play on television, but many years ago. THE TEMPTRESS was one of the selected 13 silent films shown weekly on the public television series in commemoration of MGM's fifty years titled "Movies-Great-Movies," (WNET, Channel 13, in New York City from August to October of 1973) hosted by Richard Schickel, movies accompanied by an an orchestral score (and in the New Jersey area as part of the 1974 series, "Films of the Gatsby Era," with same movies, different hosts, on WNJM, Channel 50). THE TEMPTRESS made its final TV run on WNET in the spring of 1978 when it became part of the double bill five week movie tribute to Garbo and Katharine Hepburn. Schickel, as did Osborne, talked about how Garbo's discoverer, Mauritz Stiller, started out as the film's director, but due to complications during production, was replaced by Fred Niblo. The information regarding THE TEMPTRESS remains the same, with the exception of its time length. When shown in the 1970s, the running time was about 114 minutes. TCM's print runs at 105. But regardless of its length, possibly due to projection speed, THE TEMPTRESS is a welcome addition to the TCM lineup, and well worth viewing again after many years or the first time ever. While THE TEMPTRESS belongs to Antonio Moreno, whose name is almost forgotten today, it owes its success to the temptress herself, Greta Garbo, which is the sole reason for its rediscovery.

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Theatrical Release: October 6th, 1926

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:46:00 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Audio Music accompaniment (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Intertitle translation French Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Mark A. Vieria
• Alternate Ending with commentary by Mark A. Vieria
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Photo Montage 

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005

Double slim Keep Case
Chapters: 24

 

 

Comments:

This again shows some damage marks, but overall is quite a consistent image and probably as sharp as possible considering the condition of the source. I was actually quite keen on Niblo framing in this film. The Vieria commentary is another strong one and a nice touch to add it to the alt-ending sequence. You have a real sense of Hollywood history here when you watch these three films and Garbo's allure comes through in spades.

Gary W. Tooze

 


 

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