Anna Christie (1930)

Anna Christie


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A once-pure young woman who left home years ago and became a prostitute returns seeking acceptance from her stern sea-captain father and sheltering her new love from her past. This first talkie for silent-screen queen Greta Garbo is worth a look despite being somewhat dated both technically and dramatically.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
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Written By: Frances Marion
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On DVD: Sep 6, 2005


as Anna Christie

as Matt Burke

as Marthy Owen

as Chris Christopherson

as Johnny the Harp

as Larry
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Garbo received her first Oscar nomination for this second version of the play, which MGM advertised as Garbo Talks! Her first line of dialogue is memorable: Gimme a viskey, Ginger ale on the side, and don't be stingy babee.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009

Anna Christie (1930) was advertised as the first talking picture for the cinema's greatest silent star

Full Review… | August 23, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Anna Christie

the first garbo sound flick adapted from eugene o'nell's cynical story about a prostitute. garbo plays low-life women in the burgeoning period of her sound stage such as susan leonix: her rise and fall, later she's got more polished into those roles of tragic divine creatures such as camille, mata hari, anna karenia, queen christina and the ballerina in grand hotel...etc....anna christie might reflect the ambivalent gender-ambiguity on the real life garbo with her babbling men-hating remarks. "oh! men! all these men! i hate them! " that concides with the mannish side of garbo that manifests severe grittiness. as the one man who captures her heart emerges, she represses her mannishness into oblivion then she transforms into the affectionate ingenune who yearns for love at any cost that is the pattern of my so called "garbo cinema romances" except garbo's breakthrough into sound with her husky idiocyncratic voice and her innovative presence. the movie's aestheticism is mainly attributed to its elaborated dialogues with the craftmanship of master eugene o'nell, tinted with literature catharsis full of human-concerned pathos toward its characters. of course, the proper casting is also one of major factor which adorns the movie. as garbo utters "gif me a visky, ginger ale on the side, and don' be stingy, baby, " anyone would turn around and drawed by this raw magnetic androgynous voice then observe upon her statuesque facial contour with awe.

Veronique Kwak

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The thirties were a time when film truly surprised which wasn't necessarily the case in later decades and Anna Christie is an example of a good film from the era. Spend a Sunday afternoon with it.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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garbo's sound film debut came with the 1930 adaptation of o'neill's play about a swedish prostitute trying to reform her life. garbo would also film an all german version of this property.

darryl clark

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