Review: ‘Garbo Talks’

Garbo Talks is a sweet and sour film clearly not for all tastes. Packed with New York in-jokes, not everyone will appreciate its aggressive charm. But beneath its cocky exterior, picture has a beat on some very human and universal truths.

Garbo Talks is a sweet and sour film clearly not for all tastes. Packed with New York in-jokes, not everyone will appreciate its aggressive charm. But beneath its cocky exterior, picture has a beat on some very human and universal truths.

Estelle Rolfe (Anne Bancroft) is a certifiable eccentric who has worshipped Garbo from afar since childhood, until the star has become woven into the fabric of her imagination. Her identification with Garbo has become a way for her to glamorize her day-to-day life.

Estelle is no ordinary housewife. Divorced from her husband (Steven Hill), she is continually arrested for defending any and all causes and fighting the everyday indignities of life in NY. If not for Bancroft’s spirited performance, Estelle would deteriorate into a caricature.

Garbo Talks

Production

United Artists. Director Sidney Lumet; Producer Burtt Harris, Elliott Kastner; Screenplay Larry Grusin; Camera Andrzej Bartkowiak; Editor Andrew Mondshein; Music Cy Coleman; Art Director Philip Rosenberg

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Anne Bancroft Ron Silver Carrie Fisher Catherine Hicks Steven Hill Hermione Gingold
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