Greta Garbo

Garbo is an iconic name, of course, but one can lose sight of what a good actress, and compelling screen presence, she really was. If you haven’t seen any of her movies, I’d encourage you to buy/rent/add to your queue one or more of the following:

  • Ninotchka (Probably the best movie Garbo ever did.)
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  • Anna Karenina (Basil Rathbone steals every scene he’s in.)
  • Camille (It’s difficult to imagine anyone else pulling off this combination of cynicism, fatalism, and romanticism.)
  • Mata Hari (Not necessarily a great film, but a great performance. I dare you to make it through the final scenes without misting up a bit.)

I just noticed that each of the movies I listed is named after the character Garbo plays. I guess that’s the sort of thing that means you’re a star.

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