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But I'm doing all the talking - please lets talk about you.
There isn't much to tell - I'm just a nice young woman - not too young, and not too nice - I hope!
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Cocktail circuit coquette trades in her lavish lifestyle for the sake of a more genuine attachment, the pursuit of which only seems to involve compromise, disappointment and despair. It's a philosophical little film suffused with romantic melancholy.
There are more famous films where Garbo says she wants to be alone, and where she laughs, but she does both here too. There's little in the way of action but it has a pleasing lilt as it shifts from high glamour to an almost expressionist gloom.
Two fine contrasting scenes - a sunny breakfast in the park and a snowy night - capture the mood of the transition between hope and resignation
and we get to see Garbo go from some of Adrian's most impressive
creations to a dishevelled dressing gown.
Was saving this for a sleepless night and it went down a treat in the small hours when it was just me and the night and Garbo.
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