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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

"Anna Christie" was the fifth most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1930. See more »

Quotes

Anna Christie: I'm just out of the hospital, two weeks. The judge gave all us girls 30 days. Well, the others didn't seem to mind being in the cooler much. But, I couldn't stand it. I went nuts. I never could stand being caged up nowhere. I got good and sick and they had to send me to the hospital. And it was nice there. I was sorry to leave it, honest.
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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 »


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Sultan of Swat
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Music by Will Donaldson
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Redemption Through Love
4 November 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the alcoholic skipper of a coal barge Chris Christofferson (George F. Marion) receives a letter from his estranged twenty year old daughter Anna "Christie" Christofferson (Greta Garbo) 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 (Charles Bickford) 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.

"Anna Christie" is the first talkie of Greta Garbo and a heartbreaking story of a young woman that finds redemption through love. I bought the DVD with both versions of 1930 and 1931, and the version in English is restored and has additional scenes in the beginning and in the ending; however, Jacques Feyder's version in German is better than Clarence Brown's. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Anna Christie"


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