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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
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A woman (Greta Garbo) suffering from amnesia isn't in love with her husband (Erich von Stroheim) and wants to escape and finds a way when someone shows up claiming that she was married to another man (Melvyn Douglas) ten years earlier. As Garbo and Douglas try to reconnect their love another woman shows up who could be the real wife. The actual mystery behind the story is actually pretty good, although the short 70-minute runtime doesn't give the film enough time to fully play it out and it comes off somewhat watered down. The stupid happy ending hurts the film somewhat but the performances from Garbo, Douglas and especially von Stroheim makes this a must see.
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