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Anna Christie -- In her first sound film, Greta Garbo received an Oscar-nomination as the title character in Eugene O'Neill's classic about a romantic prostitute trying to run away from her past.


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Frances Marion (adapted by)
Eugene O'Neill (from play "Anna Christie")
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21 February 1930 (USA) See more »
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A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
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Garbo is great and it's a powerful film but not for everyone See more (37 total) »


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Directed by
Clarence Brown 
Writing credits
Frances Marion (adapted by)

Eugene O'Neill (from play "Anna Christie")

Produced by
Paul Bern .... producer (uncredited)
Clarence Brown .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
G.A. Burns .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
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89 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (Original rating) | UK:U (Video rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Greta Garbo's first sound film.See more »
Anna Christie:Gif me a visky, ginger ale on the side, and don' be stingy, baby.See more »
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Garbo is great and it's a powerful film but not for everyone, 23 August 2009
Author: Terra_Noir from United States

Greta Garbo stars in 'Anna Christie', a very early 1930 MGM 'talkie', the first time 'Garbo Talks'. 'Anna Christie' is a powerful movie but not for everyone. The movie is filmed like a stage play, short on sets and cinematography, long on dialogue and dramatic characterizations. Eugene O'Neil who wrote the play 'Anna Christie' is known for his dark work and Garbo's character Anna Christie is a bleak figure with a tortured past.

The sound quality on the DVD was mediocre. Not helping matters is that George F. Marion who plays Anna's estranged dad, Chris Christofferson, is verbally hard to understand. Marion gives a good performance as the old drunken seamen who's teetering on insanity with his fixation of the evil 'devil sea'. But his dialogue is written with a very heavy Swedish accent. Marie Dressler's dialogue as Marthy Owens is equally hard to understand. Dressler believably portrays a broken down old drunken women, a 'wharf rat'. Charles Bickford is the Irish seamen, Matt Burke who pursues Anna in a troubled relationship.

The films strong point is Greta Garbo. She delivers a gut wrenching performance as the victim of neglect and abuse, leading to a life of prostitution. Garbo was a huge star at the time and considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Here her look isn't glamorous, it's tortured. Her body posture nearly doubles over in agony. She scrunches her face to become a pathetic creature on the screen. Garbo conveys these angst-ridden feelings to the viewer to convince us of her misery.

This is dark subject matter and Garbo brings it to life. It's not light fare, not fun, not for everyone. 'Anna Christie' is strong emotions dredged up from the depths for examination, this is one helluva ride.

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