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The Temptress (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 October 1926 (USA)
An architect tries suppressing his passion for a seductive woman.

Directors:

Fred Niblo, Mauritz Stiller (uncredited)

Writers:

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (as Vicente Blasco Ibañez), Dorothy Farnum (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Elena
Antonio Moreno ... Manuel Robledo
Marc McDermott ... M.Fontenoy (as Marc MacDermott)
Lionel Barrymore ... Canterac
Armand Kaliz ... Marquis de Torre Bianca
Roy D'Arcy ... Manos Duras
Robert Anderson ... Pirovani (as Robert Andersen)
Francis McDonald ... Timoteo
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... Rojas
Virginia Brown Faire ... Celinda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Brent Helen Brent
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Storyline

In a masked ball in Paris, Manuel Robledo, a young Argentinian architect, meets Elena, the Marquess of Torre Blanca. Later, the young woman is rightly accused causing the misfortune and loss of wealth of Fontenoy, a man who fell for her charms. To escape social criticism, the Marquis of Torre Blanca transfers his residence to Argentina. There, Elena meets again Manuel, when he is building a river's dam. Manos Duras, a thug, harasses Elena, and when Manuel intervenes, he defies him to a whip duel. The duel is long and vicious, both men suffering many cuts on their faces and naked chests, but in the end, the thug is vanquished and humiliated. Manos Duras sets up an ambush to murder Manuel, but the Marquis of Torre Blanca is killed instead. Now, there only two men in love for Elena, the eternal temptress^Å Written by Artemis-9

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Ibanez never wrought a more powerful and alluring story than this tale of a girl who gambled with men, love, life itself! Dramatic! Colorful! Romantic! A great production, directed by the man who made "Ben Hur", with a great cast plus Greta Garbo, the flaming new film beauty. (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tentatrice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$669,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$587,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2005 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Just four days into filming, Greta Garbo was notified that her sister Alva had died. See more »

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When the camera crane pulls back from Fontenoy along the long banquet table prior to his suicide, the crane throws a shadow across him from the overhead studio lighting. See more »

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Elena: Remember this of me - there were tears in my eyes when I said - 'I love you!'
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Pretty good, but way too familiar territory for Greta Garbo fans
20 August 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very good silent film, though I had just watched two other Greta Garbo films that were incredibly similar to this one--as she plays the vamp in all three! I can't blame Ms. Garbo for this, as MGM definitely type-cast her despite her objections. In fact, she was so irritated by this theme that she went on strike to try to force the studio to give her different roles. But, considering that the public loved the films and they were all very successful, MGM wasn't about to mess with a tried-and-true formula.

This film is at least a little different in that much of the time men were destroyed when they fell for Garbo in this film, but she was never directly responsible for their downfall. She was more like the old "Typhoid Mary" character--someone who just seems to have bad things follow her where ever she goes! The problem with this is that no matter how sultry and alluring Ms. Garbo might have been, no one is THAT seductive that man after man after man destroy themselves in order to try to get her! However, the story does have a few new elements and the overall production values are exceptional. So, if you view this film WITHOUT considering how derivative it is, then it's an awfully good film.

By the way, the TCM DVD includes an alternative ending that was apparently used when the film was shown in rural settings. Instead of the marvelous original but sad ending (that, in my opinion is perfect), there is an upbeat and sappy one that just doesn't ring true.


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