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In New York, the alcoholic skipper of a coal barge Chris Christofferson receives a letter from his estranged twenty year old daughter Anna "Christie" Christofferson telling that she will leave Minnesota to stay with him. Chris left Anna fifteen years ago to the countryside to be raised by relatives in a farm in St. Paul and he has never visited his daughter. Anna Christie arrives and she is a wounded woman with a hidden dishonorable past since she had worked for two years in a brothel to survive. She moves to the barge to live with her father and one night, Chris rescues the sailor Matt and two other fainted sailors from the sea. Soon Anna and Matt fall in love with each other and Anna has the best days of her life. But when Matt proposes to marry her, she is reluctant and also haunted by her past. Matt insists and Anna opens her heart to Matt and to her father disclosing the darks secrets of her past. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Garbo and Dressler remarkable in static early talkie
This is an extremely static film - many of the camera setups remain stationery while the players walk around in them - and scenes go on seemingly interminably in one set, as in the original play - but once this is accepted, one does register an extremely moody and realistic piece with some clever cinematography and two marvelous full-blooded performances - Garbo in her first talkie and Dressler in the performance that made her a star.
The Garbo performance, Clarence Brown's direction and William Daniels' cinematography all earned Oscar noms.
Dressler would have netted one for support but the category didn't exist as yet.
As long as you are warned that it is an early talkie effort, I think you'll be pleased by the naturalness of all the players and the earnestness with which the production is realized. It's solid and stark and quite unlike anything else MGM did at the time.
It was available on MGM/UA video but has been cut out of the catalogue.
Very worth seeking out.
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