Country orphan Lily goes to Berlin to stay with her tippling aunt, and soon meets Richard, handsome sculptor across the street. Persuaded half-reluctantly to pose for Richard, her physical ... See full summary »
Austrian Captain Karl von Raden attends the opera one evening, and meets Tania. After the performance, he takes her home, and the two of them spend the next day on a romantic outing. That evening, Karl must deliver some important plans to Berlin. Just before boarding his train, he learns that Tania is really a Russian spy. She comes to see him aboard the train, and admits that she set things up on purpose so as to meet him, but she also insists that she truly has fallen in love with him. When Karl rebuffs her coldly, she steals the plans, which leads to him being court-martialed and imprisoned. Karl's influential uncle is able to provide him with one last chance to clear his name. Written by
The new DVD is great to have - but... If you're hoping for a "restored" image, you won't find it here. The "commentary" audio-track is slightly interesting to have on while you're watching, but if you know anything at all about Garbo you won't learn much from it. Most unfortunately, the new music soundtrack is inexplicably annoying and usually totally unrelated to the action on the screen; the committee that selected it clearly had no idea what they were doing (to put it politely). Even the "commentators" point out that its very odd that there are no quotes from Tosca during the numerous scenes in the film which reference the famous aria "Vissi d'arte", especially the key scene where Garbo's character unexpectedly hears it being played.
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