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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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General Boris Alexandroff:[Toast to Tania] To your eyes - and your lips...See more »
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Seductive and intoxicating., 11 May 2000
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

Fred Niblo is undoubtedly one of the most under-rated film-makers ever. His visual stylisations, here helped by the incredible photography of William Daniels, can make a fairly routine spy yarn into a beautiful work of art. Of course it helps when Greta Garbo is on your canvas. This is an astonishing film that, had it been given a more believable ending (tragic rather than happy), may well be considered a masterpiece today.

Garbo's beauty and superb acting abilities make the material compulsive. And Conrad Nagel matches her perfectly. Their first love scene is intoxicating in its beauty, and heart-stopping in its passion. It is one of the great love scenes of all time. And in the nail-biting climax there is a moment so grotesquely powerful that you will never forget it. This is a film to savour and love - it represents silent film at its very best. Yes the plot is slight, but what is conveyed beyond that plot is more than profound. And the excellent music score on the MGM video enhances this profundity. This film is beauty itself.

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