Flesh and the Devil (1926)

Flesh and the Devil

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Flesh and the Devil is a romantic melodrama that is most memorable for its nostalgic evocation of an impossibly elegant Austria, as well as for an erotically charged Communion service.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Benjamin F. Glazer, Marian Ainslee, Benjamin Glazer, Frederica Maas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
Runtime:

Cast


as Felicitas von Kletzi...

as Leo von Sellenthin

as Ulrich von Kietzingk

as Hertho Prochuitz

as Uncle Kutowski

as Pastor Voss

as Leo's mother

as Count von Rhaden
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Critic Reviews for Flesh and the Devil

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

A corking story, exceptionally acted and cleverly directed. A lot of glory to be distributed among all concerned.

Full Review… | October 17, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Miss Garbo is undeniably alluring as Felicitas. Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Hansen give sound performances in their respective roles.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Much ado about nothing, really, but Garbo is as luminous as ever, thanks to William Daniels' camerawork.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Turgid and stiff, it finds the magic only occasionally.

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

They *do not* make 'em like this anymore, and even when they did, the results were rarely this emphatic and grand.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Somewhat notorious Garbo vehicle which co-stars real life lover, John Gilbert.

March 14, 2009
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Audience Reviews for Flesh and the Devil

½

One of the best romantic melodramas I've seen from the 20s so far. The acting is great, the story is heartbreaking, and the cinematography is really cool too. It's a really beautiful movie. The only thing I didn't like was the couple of boring scenes in the beginning. Overall, a great movie, though, I highly recommend it.

ajv2688
Aj V

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Famed silent is for the time period a well made melodrama. The story is of no real consequence and now seems very familiar as it probably was at the time of it's release. The communion scene is provocative, very erotic even today and must have been a sensation in '26. The real interest is of course the cast, Garbo especially. Of all the players she is the acting standout, with the exception of a few scenes her performance feels very naturalistic. The same goes for her appearance, whereas everybody else looks like they belong in the 1920's her unadorned hairdos and streamlined clothes convey a contemporary feeling, a flesh impact. Gilbert, who was then wildly popular, is a relic from a bygone era. He looks like he could be attractive but his ridiculous moustache and the heavy makeup required at the time sabotage his handsomeness. His acting is quite mannered and uneven, he was much better in The Big Parade, but he and Garbo share an undeniable chemistry. The real offender in overacting is Lars Hanson his eyepopping and herky jerky movements are a textbook example of the worst kind of silent screen performance, the impression that keeps a lot of people from giving silents a try. The other major person in this passion play is Barbara Kent as the angelic young thing in contrast to Garbo rapacious strumpet. Kent at 105 is the last remaining silent screen star still living although she turned her back on public life and has been a recluse since the 50's.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

a little melodramatic for my taste but the romantic charms of vienna and garbo and gilbert's great chemistry carry the film. garbo was just 21 and soon moved in with 27 yr old gilbert who was a major star and already twice divorced. they became one of the most famous couples of hollywood's golden age both on and off screen.

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Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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