Nana is a 1934 American Pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, starring Anna Sten. and directed by Dorothy Arzner and George Fitzmaurice. This version ... See full summary »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a small Breton town, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. René, her art teacher, a professional painter, is the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacques Gamblin, Antoine de Caunes
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Kong Lung
Stars: Tsai-Jung Chan, Chi Chou, Ping Do
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In his first film, young Dr. Kildare helps a female ex-con find her child.

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan
Forbidden (1932)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this romance a librarian takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the drought areas of Northeastern of Brazil, groups of migrants move trying to find better place to live, at least with water. Some of them go to Recife, to get a vessel to Santos ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Margarida Cardoso, Cacilda Lanuza, Ruy Saraiva
Me and My Gal (1932)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young New York cop Dan falls in love with waterfront waitress Helen. Helen's sister Kate falls for gangster Duke. Dan must do in Duke.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Marion Burns
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After a one-night stand a couple is faced with the terrifying possibility of what they really want.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Stars: David Wenham, Susie Porter, Catherine McClements
Wells Fargo (1937)
Certificate: Passed History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Joel McCrea, Bob Burns, Frances Dee
Tiger Shark (1932)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mike is a great tuna fisherman though he lost a hand to a shark years earlier saving Pipes Boley. Now Mike is happily married to Quita and doesn't notice that Pipes and Quita are falling ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Richard Arlen, Zita Johann
Just a Sigh (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Alix and Doug were not supposed to meet, but they did. Alix was on a train bound for Paris where she was going to audition for a film, having just left Calais where she had performed in an ... See full summary »

Director: Jérôme Bonnell
Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Gabriel Byrne, Gilles Privat
Jean Gentil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Haitian man who recently lost his job as a French teacher, begins a desperate search for work in Santo Domingo.

Directors: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
Stars: Jean Remy Genty, Yanmarco King Encarnación, Paul Henri Presumé
Mystery (2012)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lu Jie is having coffee with her desperate friend Sang Qi, who believes her husband is cheating on her. At the same time at a hotel across the road from the coffee shop, Lu Jie sees her ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou
Stars: Lei Hao, Hao Qin, Xi Qi


Complete credited cast:
Gaston Greiner
Lieutenant George Muffat
Muriel Kirkland ...
Helen Freeman ...
Sabine Muffat
Grand Duke Alexis


Nana is a 1934 American Pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, starring Anna Sten. and directed by Dorothy Arzner and George Fitzmaurice. This version of Émile Zola's heroine was to be the vehicle for Sten's triumph as Samuel Goldwyn's trained, groomed and heavily promoted answer to Greta Garbo. Despite the big investment, the publicity help from William Randolph Hearst, and a record-breaking opening week at Radio City Music Hall, Sten was beautiful but disappointing. Goldwyn's tutoring of Sten is mentioned in Cole Porter's 1934 song "Anything Goes" from the musical of the same name: "If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction / Instruct Anna Sten in diction / Then Anna shows / Anything goes."

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

1934 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Naná  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Producer Samuel Goldwyn hoped that this film would launch actress Anna Sten as "the next Greta Garbo." In spite of the doubling of the film's budget, however, it was a flop. See more »


Referenced in The Icicle Thief (1989) See more »


That's Love
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Anna Sten
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Boring...and it wasn't all Anna Sten's fault--though much of it was!
15 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

My wife and I just finished watching this movie and throughout much of it, she kept asking me "are you SURE you want to finish this film?!". I have to admit that I thought about turning it off a few times, too, but it never was quite bad enough to merit this--though it sure came close!! In light of the general view that the film was a major debacle when it debuted, I was actually surprised to see one reviewer gave it a 9.

As for the plot and how it differs from the novel by Emile Zola, I'll leave you to read over tracyfigueira's excellent review. I haven't read the book but knew enough about it to realize that the plot was dramatically different from Zola's. One of the reasons is that although they never say it, it's very obvious that Nana was a prostitute and had slept with half of Paris! And her friends were also common prostitutes as well. Yet, Sam Goldwyn insisted that Nana be played like a combination of Marlene Dietrich and the Singing Nun! Oy.

When the tale of this trollop with a heart of gold debuted in 1934, critics howled at the horrible acting of newcomer Anna Sten and the public avoided this bloated epic like the plague. In fact, for years, consensus was that Sten was a horrible actress and her performance convinced me that the people of the 30s were very astute--she was a terrible actress. Her accent was difficult to cut through and her "acting" was amateurish throughout. However, I also feel that to blame the picture's demise squarely on her was unfair. Even if Ms. Sten had been competent (and I remind you she was NOT), the writing was just awful and anyone uttering such claptrap would look ridiculous! Plus, Goldwyn's insistence that Sten be treated like an even more bewitching creature than Dietrich and Garbo was silly and destined to failure--and making Sten look even more ridiculous as she tried in vain to act that alluring. Heck, when Sten sang (if you can call it that), before she even finished this god-awful number, the men in the audience (who had previously never even heard of her) all began behaving like a Tex Avery cartoon wolf! No one is THAT sexy and desirable!! In addition to all this silliness and bad acting, the film also suffers from bad acting by many of the co-stars--particularly Nana's hooker friends. And, to make things worse, the film is also dreadfully dull and derivative--looking like a knockoff of several of Garbo's and Dietrich's films (especially CAMILLE and BLONDE VENUS). See this film if you are curious about Sten--otherwise, avoid it like the plague.

By the way, and I know this will sound VERY catty, but in watching this film I kept asking myself if perhaps Ms. Sten and Mr. Goldwyn have some other vested interest in each other. I know this sounds petty, but his insistence on a huge publicity campaign to create an American career and three failed big budget US films does make you wonder why he brought her to this country to begin with or kept her here after her performance in NANA.

8 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
VHS? JerryCalgary
TCM alert! pamina716
Discuss Nana (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: