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Mata Hari (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  26 December 1931 (USA)
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A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

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Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
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General Shubin
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Andriani
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dubois
Karen Morley ...
Carlotta
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Caron
Blanche Friderici ...
Sister Angelica (as Blanche Frederici)
Edmund Breese ...
Warden
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Sister Genevieve
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Storyline

During World War I, Mata Hari is a German spy, working in Paris. She has already seduced the Russian general Shubin, and has now set her eyes on lieutenant Rosanov, a young up-and-coming officer. In order to get her hand on secret documents in his possession, she spends a night with him. But the secret police is on to her, only waiting to get enough evidence to arrest her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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spy | mata hari | russian | german | dancer | See All (42) »

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Men worshipped her like a goddess, only to be betrayed by a kiss! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA)  »

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Mata-Hari  »

Box Office

Budget:

$558,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$931,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The third and final film in which Ramon Novarro and Lewis Stone both appeared, though they have no scenes together. See more »

Quotes

Andriani: The only way to resign from our profession is to die.
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Version of Mata Hari (1920) See more »

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Now That You're Gone
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Music by Ted Fio Rito
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Garbo Makes the Role & the Character Her Own
29 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

As the notorious "Mata Hari", Greta Garbo makes both the role and the character her own, providing a portrayal that is much deeper and more complex than the historical character probably was. The rest of the cast and production work well enough, but they are mostly there only to provide Garbo the backdrop and the foils that she uses to develop the main character.

The story focuses Mata Hari's liaisons with two Russian officers, an older general played by Lionel Barrymore, and a young aviator played by Ramon Novarro, with an implacable Secret Service man (played by C. Henry Gordon) trying to stop her. Each of the three plays his part well, while allowing Garbo to take the spotlight. Lewis Stone also makes good use of his limited screen time, and Karen Morley has some memorable moments as another spy.

The story probably has little in common with the historical facts, and while the historical character is an interesting one, it seems certain that Garbo's character is more so, combining her obvious appeal with a depth of feeling and a complicated set of priorities, as few other actresses could have done. Designing the story and characters with her in mind works well, making for good drama and one of Garbo's many effective performances.


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