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Nana (1934)

| Drama | 1934 (Turkey)
Nana is a 1934 American Pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, starring Anna Sten. and directed by Dorothy Arzner and George Fitzmaurice. This version ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Sten ... Nana
Lionel Atwill ... Colonel André Muffat
Richard Bennett ... Gaston Greiner
Mae Clarke ... Satin
Phillips Holmes ... Lieutenant George Muffat
Muriel Kirkland ... Mimi
Reginald Owen ... Bordenave
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Sabine Muffat
Lawrence Grant ... Grand Duke Alexis
Jessie Ralph ... Zoe
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Finot
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Nana is a 1934 American Pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, starring Anna Sten. and directed by Dorothy Arzner and George Fitzmaurice. This version of Émile Zola's heroine was to be the vehicle for Sten's triumph as Samuel Goldwyn's trained, groomed and heavily promoted answer to Greta Garbo. Despite the big investment, the publicity help from William Randolph Hearst, and a record-breaking opening week at Radio City Music Hall, Sten was beautiful but disappointing. Goldwyn's tutoring of Sten is mentioned in Cole Porter's 1934 song "Anything Goes" from the musical of the same name: "If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction / Instruct Anna Sten in diction / Then Anna shows / Anything goes."

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1934 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Naná See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Producer Samuel Goldwyn hoped that this film would launch actress Anna Sten as "the next Greta Garbo." In spite of the doubling of the film's budget, however, it was a flop. See more »

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While the can-can girls perform, the band plays "Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay." This song was written more than twenty years after the period of the film. See more »

Connections

Version of Nanà (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Love
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Anna Sten
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Anna Sten turns in a realistic, fine performance
25 September 2011 | by lora64See all my reviews

This is the first time I've seen Anna Sten in Nana and it's worth every minute of viewing. Of course what comes to mind is the opera La Traviata by Verdi which in turn was based on Alexandre Dumas the younger's novel La Dame aux Camelias, and I daresay the story has been told many times, of ill-fated deception of too many lovers.

Anna, whose spontaneous manner reminded me of Miriam Hopkins' strong style of delivery, is true to life and far more believable than Garbo whose acting came across as stilted. There are traces of Dietrich mannerisms in Anna's facial expressions but her beautiful features are truly awesome, a real beauty that I never tire of seeing.

This is a movie that I can look forward to viewing several times and not get tired of it. Recommended.


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