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Anna Christie (1930)

A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Frances Marion (adapted by), Eugene O'Neill (from play "Anna Christie")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Anna Christie
Charles Bickford ... Matt Burke
George F. Marion ... Chris Christopherson
Marie Dressler ... Marthy
James T. Mack James T. Mack ... Johnny the Harp
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Larry the Bartender
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Storyline

In New York, the alcoholic skipper of a coal barge Chris Christofferson receives a letter from his estranged twenty year old daughter Anna "Christie" Christofferson telling that she will leave Minnesota to stay with him. Chris left Anna fifteen years ago to the countryside to be raised by relatives in a farm in St. Paul and he has never visited his daughter. Anna Christie arrives and she is a wounded woman with a hidden dishonorable past since she had worked for two years in a brothel to survive. She moves to the barge to live with her father and one night, Chris rescues the sailor Matt and two other fainted sailors from the sea. Soon Anna and Matt fall in love with each other and Anna has the best days of her life. But when Matt proposes to marry her, she is reluctant and also haunted by her past. Matt insists and Anna opens her heart to Matt and to her father disclosing the darks secrets of her past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna Kurisuti See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$376,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,013,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$486,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial television broadcast took place in Honolulu Monday 3 June 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13); it first aired in Philadelphia 24 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 7 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Norfolk VA 14 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Miami 1 September 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Syracuse 11 October 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Baltimore 17 November 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Portland OR 6 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Cleveland 18 December 1957 on KYW (Channel 3), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 8 January 1958 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Los Angeles 30 January 1958 KTTV (Channel 11), in Spokane 3 February 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), in San Francisco 4 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Chicago 20 October 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Chris Christofferson: Fog, fog all time. You can't tell where you was going. Only that old devil sea. She knows.
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of this film exist: this English-language version was directed by Clarence Brown, while a simultaneously filmed German-language version was directed by Jacques Feyder. The German version has a different running time and features a different supporting cast. See more »

Connections

Version of Anna Christie (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Played on the Coney Island carousel
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Garbo Rocks
12 June 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This is an amazingly well-filmed early talkie adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play. Its major drawback is a static camera, and as a result it comes off much of the time as the filmed play it is, which is a pity, for it's a good piece of primitive moviemaking, made at a time when sound was posing all kinds of technical problems, and as a result most films were experimental whether or not this was their maker's intention. Garbo is as mysterious and charismatic as she was in her silent films, and her entrance is still classic. Her voice is strangely deep, almost boyish, which only enhances her already seductively eccentric persona. As her boyfriend, Charles Bickford is appropriately virile,--he was apparently born craggy--and a perfect counterpart to the divine Garbo. His Irish brogue is not bad at all, and he seems always a natural man of the sea, very O'Neill-like in his independent, brooding nature. As Garbo's (very) confused father, George Marion seems truly from another time. He has the sort of face and voice,--open, unmannered, totally without guile--that has vanished from the earth. Marie Dressler is also in the O'Neill swing of things. Her blank expression and intensity around the eyes speaks volumes, as she plays her boozy character as a woman at times bordering on psychosis. Poetic license, perhaps, as this is not in the script, but we can forgive Miss Dressler's excesses; she is too good at it not to. The story ends with a movement to the next thing, as distinct from resolution, which isn't the author's cup of tea; and those who like their films neatly worked out in the end will be disappointed by the absence of any real surprise. In Anna Christie we are in O'Neill country, a place of sea, storms and fog, a feeling of all-pervading and damnable uncertainty, which we would now call ambivilance, or anxiety neurosis. Rather than analyze this mood the author simply and wisely presents it, as weather, land, ocean and people intertwine and address one another in a unique language we feel priveleged to have heard.


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