Greta Garbo, making her American debut as a screen star, has everything with looks, acting ability and personality. When one is a Scandinavian and can put over a Latin characterization with sufficient power to make it most convincing, need there be any more said regarding her ability? She makes The Torrent worthwhile.
The Torrent is a picturization of the Blasco Ibanez novel of the same name. It is evident that the great scene of the rush of waters was counted on to carry the picture, but a bursting dam doesn’t mean anything in a picture except as an incident. It is the story itself that carries here. The tale of the unrequited love of the little Spanish peasant girl who develops into a great operatic star will hold because of its love twist.