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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

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English

Release Date:

1934 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Naná See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The 'Universal Pictures Exhibitor Book' for 1932/1933 says that Tala Birell is to star in "Nana". 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 »

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Sten's Nana is nasty
26 October 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

This tame version of the Emile Zola novel has excellent production values is lensed by Gregg Toland and features an able supporting cast all negated by the wretched Anna Sten in the lead. A Garbo/Dietrich hybrid with a dreadful grasp of English she more resembles Bela Lugosi in inflection than the other two imports.

Nana is the toast of the Paris theater during the Belle Epoque. With boudoir attributes that match her stage performances she attracts a lot of heavy hitters. She truly falls for a low in status officer but this is complicated by his brother (Lionel Atwill) who at first attempts to break up the two but finds Nana irresistible himself.

Sten's flat affect is beyond bad, her stage presence a travesty. Lionel Atwill, Mae Clarke and Philip Holmes fulfill their end of the bargain ably but there is no getting around the totally lost Ms. Sten. It cries out for Greta or Marlene from its opening moments and given its impressive foundation I found myself annoyed at this botched chance to do the Zola novel justice and the lost opportunity for both actresses to sink their teeth into a role that would have ranked with their best.


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