Review: ‘Romance’

When Garbo gargles on the low ones it's hard to accept her as the operatic high soprano an off-screen singer presents her to be, but the picture [from the play Signora Cavallini by Edward Sheldon] is Garbo all the way.

When Garbo gargles on the low ones it’s hard to accept her as the operatic high soprano an off-screen singer presents her to be, but the picture [from the play Signora Cavallini by Edward Sheldon] is Garbo all the way.

Director Clarence Brown again uses her very nicely in a part that might have easily been overacted. A French opera star with a past falls in love with a holy and wealthy young American preacher – in America. Her rep is generally known but the boy love laughs that off. The uncle of the good girl the preacher-boy is to wed was himself the French woman’s ex-master.

Though the story occurs in the 1860s, action starts and finishes with a prolog and epilog, on a modern New Year’s eve. An old bishop, who was Garbo’s lover those years ago, is telling his grandson about it.

Romance

Production

M-G-M. Director Clarence Brown; Screenplay Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer; Editor Hugh Wynn, Leslie F. Wilder; Art Director Cedric Gibbons

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Greta Garbo Lewis Stone Gavin Gordon Elliott Nugent Florence Lake
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