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Leo and Ulrich are life long friends. Home, on leave from their military training, Leo sees the beautiful Felicitas at the railroad station. Awed by her beauty, they meet again at the ball and quietly leave together. In her room, her husband, about whom she has neglected to inform Leo, comes in and challenges Leo to a duel. The duel is done, the Count is killed, and Felicitas is a widow. Leo, however, is 'requested' to serve 5 years in Africa and he tells Ulrich to watch over Felicitas while he is gone. After 3 years, Ulrich is able to get a pardon for Leo, and all that Leo thinks about on the way home is Felicitas. When he arrives, he learns that Felicitas has married Ulrich. Felicitas likes that Ulrich is rich and she never told Ulrich the truth about Leo and her. Leo is crushed and does not visit them which saddens Ulrich as he does not know the reason why. Leo tries to stay away from her, but Felicitas uses every opportunity to tempt him to return to her as her lover. She creating... Written by
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I recently watched this movie again after having not seen it in over two years. What was I thinking? I had forgotten what a fantastic movie this was, particularly as I saw it with the Carl Davis composed soundtrack which enhances it even more. It begins in such a lighthearted vein and then transforms into one of the most breathtaking romances ever filmed, the chemistry between Garbo and Gilbert is sizzling hot and Garbo's character has to be one of the biggest bitches in movie history. The photography is stunning and stands up well against anything filmed today, particularly the waltz and the duel. Everyone remembers Garbo and Gilbert in this movie, but, there is a standout performance by Lars Hanson as the innocent and cuckolded Ulrich, once again, as in "The Wind" he wrenches out every last last drop of sympathy for his character with his wonderful acting, he was a true hidden treasure of the silent era. A must see movie.
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