In a masked ball in Paris, Manuel Robledo, a young Argentinian architect, meets Elena, the Marquess of Torre Blanca. Later, the young woman is rightly accused causing the misfortune and loss of wealth of Fontenoy, a man who fell for her charms. To escape social criticism, the Marquis of Torre Blanca transfers his residence to Argentina. There, Elena meets again Manuel, when he is building a river's dam. Manos Duras, a thug, harasses Elena, and when Manuel intervenes, he defies him to a whip duel. The duel is long and vicious, both men suffering many cuts on their faces and naked chests, but in the end, the thug is vanquished and humiliated. Manos Duras sets up an ambush to murder Manuel, but the Marquis of Torre Blanca is killed instead. Now, there only two men in love for Elena, the eternal temptress^Å Written by
Worth seeing for Garbo alone...but not without tedium...
I watched this for the first time on TCM with an original musical score by Michael Picton and was fascinated by the score and Garbo's stunning appearance. I'm not a Garbo fan and some of her films are really hard to enjoy by today's standards of film-making (and acting), but this one is watchable enough even though it drags occasionally.
It's gorgeously photographed and Garbo is given the royal camera treatment. In fact, she's treated royally by everyone except the man she loves who discovers too soon that in matters of love, she has a strange code of conduct. Well worth viewing if you're a fan of Garbo's films. Otherwise, you may not make it to the finale since it's rather overlong for such a simple story.
Handsomely produced. Antoneo Moreno is interesting in the male lead.
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