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Anna Christie (1930)

TV-PG | | Drama | 22 December 1930 (Germany)
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:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

Walter Hasenclever (German dialogue), Frances Marion (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Anna Christie
Theo Shall ... Matt Burke
Hans Junkermann ... Chris Christopherson
Salka Viertel Salka Viertel ... Marthy (as Salka Steuermann)
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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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Ein Film, auf den dis ganze Welt gewartet hat! (Freiburger Zeitung,((Freiburg, Baden-Wurttemburg)) 20 Januar 1931)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York in 1922. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Version of Celanese Theatre: Anna Christie (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
(1878) (uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
Played on the Coney Island carousel
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It's Better in German
14 September 2005 | by LomzaLadySee all my reviews

This version is much better than the English-language version: brisker pacing (although very, very slow by modern standards), generally better performances, and even Eugene O'Neill's somewhat ponderous dialog is rendered more believable in the subtitles. While Marie Dressler's performance in the English version is fabulous, Salka Viertel's in the German version is also very, very good, just different. Garbo seems more natural in the German version, perhaps because she was at that time more comfortable speaking German than speaking English. Garbo's acting style may have been a bit old-fashioned, but she was never dull in any film. A true star.


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Country:

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Language:

German

Release Date:

22 December 1930 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ана Кристи See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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