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Flesh and the Devil (1926)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  25 December 1926 (USA)
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Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Leo von Harden
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Lars Hanson ...
Ulrich von Eltz
Barbara Kent ...
Hertha
William Orlamond ...
Uncle Kutowski
George Fawcett ...
Pastor Voss
Eugenie Besserer ...
Leo's Mother
Marc McDermott ...
Count von Rhaden
Marcelle Corday ...
Minna
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Storyline

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 Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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25 December 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El demonio y la carne  »

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$373,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The first scene between John Gilbert and Greta Garbo, in the train station, was also the first time Gilbert ever saw Garbo. He falls in love on camera, so completely in love that he never went back home to his wife. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pastor Voss: My Boy, when the devil cannot reach us through the spirit... He creates a woman beautiful enough to reach us through the flesh.
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Flesh and the Devil Theme
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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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