Review: ‘Inspiration’

Garbo has never looked nor played better than in this suitable assignment. Replete with heavy love stuff, she plays it easily and convincingly, even contributing a sparkling brief bit of light comedy, and often helping long passages of awkward dialog to sound almost real.

Garbo has never looked nor played better than in this suitable assignment. Replete with heavy love stuff, she plays it easily and convincingly, even contributing a sparkling brief bit of light comedy, and often helping long passages of awkward dialog to sound almost real.

What happens to the free-wheeling Parisian artist’s model and the nice boy from the country in this picture can happen to any other pair similarly situated. This model is introduced rather tritely as the town toast amongst the artistic set. She’s the inspiration for the latest successful works of an artist, a sculptor, a composer and a writer, and even that flattery doesn’t seem undue. The introduction is at a party in a home that looks like Roseland ballroom.

After the model completes the meeting the nice boy takes her home. They fall in love. Her past then becomes and remains the issue until the finish.

Robert Montgomery is an excellent nice boy. Lewis Stone and Marjorie Rambeau are also outstanding.

Inspiration

Production

M-G-M. Director Clarence Brown; Screenplay Gene Markey; Camera William Daniels; Editor Conrad A. Nervig

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 73 MIN.

With

Greta Garbo Robert Montgomery Lewis Stone Marjorie Rambeau Judith Vosselli Beryl Mercer
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