Anna Christie

Anna Christie

DVD - 2005
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Gretta Garbo's talkie debut in which she plays a former prostitute whose past may ruin her chance for happiness.
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005.
ISBN: 9781419809576
1419809571
Branch Call Number: Fic
PN1997 .A562 2005
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Side A: 89 min. ; Side B: 85 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Jul 02, 2016

Dark and moody with images of restless waves and obscuring sea fogs, director Clarence Brown captures the essence of O’Neill’s themes—alienation, destitution, perseverance—to produce an intense theatrical drama with a cinematic flourish. Although his characters occasionally emote (Hollywood was just emerging from the quirks of the Silent Era after all) their performances ring true especially Garbo and character actor George F. Marion as daughter and father. But it is the incomparable Marie Dressler as Marion’s spurned mistress Marthy who steals scene after scene. Overweight, dowdy, and perpetually soused, Marthy is the only person honest enough (or drunk enough?) to tell the truth regardless of who wants to hear it. A magnificent piece from the beginning of American cinema’s Golden Age with a surprising, albeit deeply buried, feminist twist.

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