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Ludwig Wolff (based on the novel "War in the Dark" by)
Bess Meredyth (treatment and continuity)
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Release Date:
4 August 1928 (USA) See more »
No man knew what she really was. And no man could resist her exotic beauty. A famous Russian spy, moving through the lives of men, in a maze of intrigue, passion and love. See more »
An attractive Russian spy seduces an Austrian officer in order to get some important plans, but when she actually falls in love with him, both of them are placed in a dangerous situation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Tania Fedorova

Conrad Nagel ... Karl von Raden

Gustav von Seyffertitz ... General Boris Alexandroff
Albert Pollet ... Max Heinrich

Edward Connelly ... Colonel von Raden

Richard Alexander ... General's Aide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Symona Boniface ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alfonso Corelli ... Violin Player (uncredited)

Geraldine Dvorak ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nicholai Konovaloff ... Officer Standing at Tania's Table (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Cafe Waiter Serving Wine (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Youcca Troubetzkov ... Russian (uncredited)
Victor Young ... Scarpia in 'Tosca' (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Niblo 
Writing credits
Ludwig Wolff (based on the novel "War in the Dark" by)

Bess Meredyth (treatment and continuity)

Marian Ainslee (titles) and
Ruth Cummings (titles)

Frances Marion  uncredited

Original Music by
Vivek Maddala (2002)
William Axt (foreign version) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold S. Bucquet .... assistant director
Art Department
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
Camera and Electrical Department
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilbert Clark .... wardrobe
Music Department
Vivek Maddala .... conductor (2002)
Vivek Maddala .... orchestrator (2002)
Other crew
Geraldine Dvorak .... stand-in: Greta Garbo (uncredited)
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96 min (21 fps) | USA:89 min (2002 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Title Card:Vienna before the war - city of love and laughter - living gayly to the music of the waltz and the opera - !See more »
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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The best of Fred Niblo, 8 February 2006
Author: francois-massarelli from France

This is to my mind the most brilliant of all of Garbo's silent films, and I never fully understood the attitude of most critics who simply dismiss it on the account of the Divine Woman's own lack of care for this particular entry. True, she did not like just doing this film, and true, Mauritz Stiller was actually dying while she was shooting this, therefore, we can understand that she thought poorly of it; yet this was shot at the peak of silent film-making, in 1928, and never before had Fred Niblo been so good, never had his full command of the motion picture been so obvious. All through the film, the direction is superb, subdued and subtle, while the gorgeous settings, MGM's trademark, are lit and photographed at their best. Niblo makes the best of his composition skills, with or without Garbo in the shots, and the way he deals with the extras, putting the stars in the distance, swallowed by the crowd, is clearly an innovation for 1928; his use of a few, but decisive shots based on a moving camera proves that, like the European imports(Murnau, Leni, Fejos, Christensen) or like his fellow Americans (Ford, Borzage,Wellman), he was aware of the German experiments. Of course, the spy story is not the source of any intellect-expanding masterpiece, but, hey, this is a stylish and entertaining film that foreshadows some of Hitchcpock's best British films of the decade to come. And Niblo even handles suspense in a remarkable way in the last five minutes. The edition id remarkable, the print being a bit worn but still clear; and an emasculating restoration has been avoided, retaining thus the crystal-clear, crisp quality of William Daniel's photography. And to conclude, a question about Garbo: who else on earth could wear these dresses and get away with it?

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