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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
This movie is an intriguing remake of the 1930 movie, using the same lead actress, Greta Garbo, and the same sets, but with a different director, a different supporting cast, a different writer, and a different language - German - and this version is far superior. This movie stays true to the actual play and is able to convey the intensity of the story. And this happens because there is no ambiguity over Anna Christie's profession, and this is key to the entire plot. Candidly showing Anna for what she is intensifies the subsequent interactions between her and the other characters, thus strengthening the movie. Also, the actors who play Chris and Matt perform their roles well, and in a far less stagy style. That the movie is in German also lends it a more realistic quality in that all the key characters are Europeans. For this movie is not only about a woman confronting personal issues, it's also about immigrants dealing with separation from their own home lands. One further point: in this movie Greta Garbo is absolutely beautiful and proves her strength and versatility as an actress and artist.
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