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Writers:
Luigi Pirandello (play)
Gene Markey (adaptation)
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Release Date:
28 May 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Unique combination of Garbo & Stroheim See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Zara aka Maria

Melvyn Douglas ... Count Bruno Varelli

Erich von Stroheim ... Carl Salter
Owen Moore ... Tony Boffie

Hedda Hopper ... Ines Montari
Rafaela Ottiano ... Lena
Warburton Gamble ... Baron
Albert Conti ... Captain
William Ricciardi ... Pietro

Roland Varno ... Albert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reginald Barlow ... Dr. Reinhardt (uncredited)
Max Barwyn ... Cafe Headwaiter (uncredited)
Edmund Breese ... Friar (uncredited)
George Davis ... Salter's Butler (uncredited)
William Orlamond ... Waiter (uncredited)

Nella Walker ... Lucia Marco (uncredited)

Directed by
George Fitzmaurice (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Luigi Pirandello (play "Come Tuo Mi Voi")

Gene Markey (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
George Fitzmaurice .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels  (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
George Hively 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cullen Tate .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
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70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
Greta Garbo was extremely protective of Erich von Stroheim during filming. He was suffering from depression and poor health, and on some occasions, she covered for him by claiming to be sick.See more »
Quotes:
Tony Ferrara:"Come on rex, we are going for a walk, and I want to ask you as man to dog, what color are her eyes?"See more »
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Featured in The Divine Garbo (1990) (TV)See more »
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Unique combination of Garbo & Stroheim, 19 May 2009
Author: Einar The Lonely from Germany

It is very nice to see Greta Garbo and Erich von Stroheim in their only film together. Garbo was an admirer of the great director-turned-actor-again and insisted on Stroheim's casting. Unfortunately though they have just a few good moments together, and Stroheim hams it up for the most part, making his performance a far cry from the magnetic screen presence he had in films such as LA GRANDE ILLUSION. Teamed with the quite tall Melvyn Douglas as his antagonist he also looks very short which makes him even appear a bit ridiculous and not very menacing in some scenes.

Quite one-dimensional in his part is Melvyn Douglas as Garbo's presumed husband. In a story that is all about confused identities and shattered certainties he leaves no doubt about his romantic sincerity. A thing that really annoyed me while watching is that he permanently holds his face far too close to Garbo's when he is talking to her, which makes her always bend back her body in an uneasy way. George Fitzmaurice was not really an actor's director which would have been crucial for this stagy adaption of Pirandello's play. But then the play would have been way too sophisticated for a 1932 MGM Hollywood flick anyway.

The film is somewhat referenced in Jacques Rivette's 2001 masterpiece VA SAVOIR about an Italian theater group in Paris touring with Pirandello's "Come tu me vuoi". Large portions of the original play are acted out in Rivette's movie and Jeanne Balibar in Garbo's part spots a blonde wig very much like the one her famous predecessor had in AS YOU DESIRE ME, which by the way looks very cool.

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