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Flesh and the Devil (1926)

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Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved.



(screen play) (as Benjamin F. Glazer) , (from the novel "The Undying Past" by), 3 more credits »
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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

25 December 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El demonio y la carne  »

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$373,000 (estimated)

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Director Clarence Brown was so overawed by the developing romance between Gilbert and Garbo that at the end of one particularly passionate scene he did not even call "cut," instead motioning the lighting and camera crews to stop filming. They withdrew from the set and, after a few hours, had dinner sent in. See more »


When Leo is talking to Felicitas on the bench in the park and tells her that he must go to Africa, the position of the collar of his overcoat repeatedly changes from pulled up to flat. See more »


Pastor Voss: Once before that woman led you into temptation... and you sinned... Aren't you afraid of what she may do to you a second time?
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Flesh and the Devil Theme
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Owens
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Amazing Garbo melodrama, with kinks
6 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This early Garbo vehicle is a superb, over-the-top melodrama. Garbo is a simply glorious vamp, a radiant beauty who enjoys and manipulates the passionate love of two best friends (in every sense), to their near destruction and ultimate redemption.

The relationship between the two guys -- John Gilbert and Lars Hanson -- is as homoerotically suggestive as any on film before the 1970s -- and you can see from the emotions flooding Garbo's face that she feels the competition!

Very good acting -- silent screen mode -- across the board in this nicely mounted MGM production.

A good, rich, era-appropriate musical score with Wagner/Mahler overtones adds depth to the TCM broadcast of this silent classic!

And tonight, TCM also broadcast their 90-minute "Garbo" documentary -- excellent, and a great complement to this film..

What a GREAT MOVIE STAR she was! Maybe the greatest of all?

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