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Torrent (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 8 February 1926 (USA)
A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After... See full summary »

Director:

Monta Bell (uncredited)

Writers:

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (from the novel by), Dorothy Farnum (adapted for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Cortez ... Don Rafael Brull
Greta Garbo ... Leonora
Gertrude Olmstead ... Remedios
Edward Connelly ... Pedro Moreno
Lucien Littlefield ... Cupido
Martha Mattox ... Doña Bernarda Brull
Lucy Beaumont ... Doña Pepa
Tully Marshall ... Don Andrés
Mack Swain ... Don Matías
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Salvatti (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
Lillian Leighton ... Isabella
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A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After becoming an opera star in Paris, the girl returns to her homeland and finds her romance with the nobleman rekindled. Written by page8701

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You'll love this story of a young aristocrat torn between duty to family and state and love for the most famous beauty of the continent. (Print Ad- Easton Free Press,((Easton, Penna.)) 24 May 1926) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Shot in only 23 days. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: If time lets slip a little, perfect hour, Oh, take it - for it will not come again.
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Alternate Versions

The print in the Turner Classic Movies library has a music score written by Arthur Barrow and runs 88 minutes, with many scenes tinted. See more »

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Referenced in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) See more »

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Love's arrow takes a meandering course to hit the mark.
5 February 2021 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

It is quite risky to make a silent film about an opera star - so much of the passion and power of the piece must surely come from the singing? Well Greta Garbo gives it a damn good try here - and pretty much pulls it off as "Leonora", the young girl in love with the son of the local landed gentry "Don Rafael" (Ricardo Cortez). His rather imperious mother "Doña Bernarda" (Martha Mattox) is having none of it - and soon arranges for the young woman and her family to be turfed from their home. With her father, she heads to Paris where her singing talents reap huge rewards - and she returns to Spain where "Rafael" tries to rekindle their affections... The story is quite straight forward, she the strong determined woman, he the hen-pecked shrimp of a man; but there is a chemistry between them and Garbo is on super form. Her gestures, both subtle and grand, as well as her inimitable smile add a richness to the beautifully staged sets and costumes. It's got the odd plot hole - the wealthy chanteuse seems content to let her mother prevail in abject poverty, and her affection for the weak and feeble - though dashing Cortez - beggars belief at times too. Ibañez' story is a rousing one, full of vim and vigour, and despite the lack of "performances" from Garbo's "La Brunna" this isn't an half bad screen adaptation.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

8 February 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ibáñez' Torrent See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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