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Anna Christie
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Writers:
Frances Marion (adapted by)
Eugene O'Neill (from play "Anna Christie")
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Release Date:
21 February 1930 (USA) See more »
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Garbo talks!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
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OK Overall; Garbo Makes It More Than Worthwhile See more (35 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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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Certification:
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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The Broadway play "Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill opened at the Vanderbilt Theater in New York on 2 November 1921 and ran for 177 performances. George F. Marion (Chris) and James T. Mack (Johnny) originated their movie roles in the play. Marion also starred in the earlier silent movie version Anna Christie (1923). To date, the play has been revived 3 times, most recently in 1993 with Natasha Richardson as Anna, Rip Torn as Chris, Liam Neeson as Matt and Anne Meara as Marthy.See more »
Quotes:
Matt Burke:Glory be, what do I care for a stew or a pie? It's not for food I'm hungry... but for the sight of your face.
Anna Christie:[Amused and flattered] Oh, go on with your blarney, you gasbag!
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
OK Overall; Garbo Makes It More Than Worthwhile, 9 February 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This early sound era adaptation of O'Neill's "Anna Christie" would be a decent movie worth seeing on its own, but it is Greta Garbo that makes it particularly worthwhile. The rest of the production is solid, and for the most part, its limitations are common to many other sound movies made in 1930. Garbo herself rises well above the level of the rest of the production, and Marie Dressler is also memorable and effective in her smaller role.

It's easy enough to see why a story like this was chosen for Garbo's first "talking" role. It provides a female central character who offers a ready-made opportunity for an actress like Garbo to demonstrate a good range of abilities, from strength to tenderness, from coarseness to elegance. She has good scenes with several of the other characters. Dressler's raucous performance works well, and she has some very good moments. George Marion is very believable as Garbo's father.

The story itself is an interesting one, with some worthwhile themes, though it does not necessarily lend itself that well to cinema. There are a few times when it might as well just be a filmed stage play, but then there are also a number of times when the camera picks up some good atmospheric details, such as the dockside setting or the New York skyline, that make a good complement to the emotional story.

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