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The Painted Veil (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  23 November 1934 (USA)
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A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.

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Herr Koerber
Bodil Rosing ...
Frau Koerber
Katharine Alexander ...
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Olga
Soo Yong ...
Amah
Forrester Harvey ...
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Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Mariska Aldrich ...
German Teacher (scenes deleted)
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German (scenes deleted)
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Frau Koerber (scenes deleted)
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In Austria, Katrin is lonely after her sister's marriage and she agrees to marry her father's research associate Dr. Walter Fane. Fane takes her to China but constantly ignors her in favour of his medical research. Lonely Katrin has an affair with Jack Townsend of the British Embassy. When it is discovered by Walter he becomes very bitter. Fane travels to fight a cholera epidemic and Katrin goes with him and helps. They grow closer together than ever before but Walter is knifed in a riot incited by the burning of a cholera infested town. Now their new found happiness will depend on Walter's survival. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Do not pass love by...It may never come again!

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

23 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boyali peçe  »

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$947,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Background shots in China supervised by George W. Hill were also used in The Good Earth (1937). See more »

Quotes

Jack Townsend: [to Katrin] I think you're the most curious curio in all China.
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Version of The Painted Veil (2006) See more »

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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
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from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played as background music in the wedding scene
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Garbo shines in mediocre story

Based on a book by W. Somerset Maugham of the same name, The Painted Veil tells the tale of Katrin Koerber (Greta Garbo) who is lonely after her sister's marriage, with whom she was very close. She agrees to marry her father's research associate Dr. Walter Fane (Herbert Marshall) who takes her to China. However, he is deeply involved with his work and often neglects Katrin in favour of his work which leads her to seek love and attention from another man: Jack Townsend (George Brent).

Although I have been unsure of Garbo's acting abilities at times, she does well and truly shine in the role of the unfaithful and confused wife - a complex character which she masters with ease. Herbert Marshall does a good job of her husband caught between emotions and George Brent – not a terribly good looking man – was unconvincing as her lover. These two men seem to fade into the background when Garbo is on screen – her exotic; cat like appearance really captures the audience – despite not playing a glamorous character!

The scenery of old China is lavish and the costumes for Garbo are a pleasure to see. However, the divine Greta Garbo is the only thing that really makes The Painted Veil watchable. The plot is thin and weak but Garbo does a wonderful job and makes the melodramatic material believable and interesting. Not a great film, but watch it for Garbo.


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