Review: ‘The Torrent’

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.

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.

The Torrent

Production

Cosmopolitan/MGM. Director Monta Bell; Screenplay Dorothy Farnum, Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell; Camera William Daniels; Editor Frank Sullivan; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1926. Running time: 68 MIN.

With

Ricardo Cortez Greta Garbo Gertrude Olmstead Edward Connelly Martha Mattox
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