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As You Desire Me (1932)

 -  Drama  -  28 May 1932 (USA)
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Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara... See full summary »

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Zara aka Maria
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Count Bruno Varelli
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Carl Salter
Owen Moore ...
Tony Boffie
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Ines Montari
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Lena
Warburton Gamble ...
Baron
Albert Conti ...
Captain
William Ricciardi ...
Pietro
Roland Varno ...
Albert
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Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara is actually Maria, the wife of his close friend Bruno. Maria, Tony claims, had her memory destroyed during a World War I invasion ten years ago. Zara doesn't remember but leaves with Tony to Salter's dismay. Bruno, now an officer in the Italian army, tries to coax Maria's memory back on his large estate. No one is really sure if Zara is Maria, and when Salter shows up with a mental case that he claims is the real Maria, everyone on Bruno's estate is desperately searching for the truth. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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28 May 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wie du mich wünschst  »

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$460,733 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Although Erich von Stroheim was barred from the MGM lot by studio head Louis B. Mayer and production head Irving Thalberg, he was hired for the role of Karl Salter at the insistance of Greta Garbo, who threatened to quit otherwise. See more »

Quotes

Zara: And what is it that you love about me - my mind?
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Referenced in Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001) See more »

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Vinka
(Valse Tzigane) (uncredited)
Music by M. Fernay
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Poor support but Garbo redeems
9 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Garbo puts in a strong lead performance but this film suffered with poor support from Douglas and Von Stroheim. Douglas was a particularly bad choice and Bruno comes across as absurd.

Garbo shows great range deftly transforming from drunken diva to redeemed believer in the power of love, even if she can't remember who she is.

Interesting... Garbo appears to flub a line in the last scene at approx 1:07

"oooh Lena, help me! You must know? The others, the other woman women who were here that night. Who were they?"


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