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The Temptress (1926)





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Fred Niblo directed this stylish romantic tragedy (began by Swedish director Mauritz Stiller, who was replaced during the shooting), starring the alluring Greta Garbo. The film begins at an amateur circus being held by rich banker Fontenoy (Marc MacDermott). At the festivities, Elena (Garbo), Fontenoy's mistress and the wife of the Marquis Torre De Bianca (Armand Kaliz), meets the Marquis's boyhood friend, Robledo (Antonio Moreno), recently arrived in Paris from Argentina. Fontenoy, in a jealous rage, lambasts Elena for flirting with Robledo. Elena, discovering that Fontenoy is broke, leaves him. Crest-fallen, Fontenoy kills himself. The Marquis, humiliated, returns to Argentina with his pal Robledo, taking Elena with him. Robledo, resents Elena's presence, but puts up with her for the sake of his friend. In spite of that, he fights Manos Duras (Roy D'Arcy), an outlaw who tries to kidnap Elena. Enraged, Duros blows up a dam being supervised by the Marquis, and the floodwaters consume a local village. In a rage, Robledo vows to kill Elena, thinking her the cause of all the tragedies. However, a consuming passion for Elena overcomes him.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dorothy Farnum
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On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
Warner Bros.


Antonio Moreno
as Manuel Robledo
Roy D'Arcy
as Manos Duras
Marc MacDermott
as Mons. Fontenoy
Armand Kaliz
as Torre De Bianca
Alys Murrell
as Josephine
Inez Gomez
as Sebastiana
Roy Coulson
as Trinidad
Steve Clemente
as Salvadore
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

In many respects this picture is a distinguished piece of work, wherein Fred Niblo, the director, keeps the audience on the qui vive.

Full Review… | October 28, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Outdated and overly melodramatic.

Full Review… | January 25, 2005
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Well, I wasn't too impressed with this movie, but I didn't get to see it all because the DVD wasn't working right! Anyway, this movie seems to be an exotic adventure and a tragic romance story, which is interesting, but I found the characters kinda dull. Maybe I'll see this again someday, and I'll get to see the end.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

"the temptress" is greta garbo's first american movie which sets off her iconic image of silent vamp in united states. garbo's insoucient manners have some tint of ethereal melancholy which fundamentalizes her tragic diva status, anchored by a thick aura of fatalistic helplessness as lovers're always doomed to aching love without eternality in her screen romances.

garbo plays the tempress who is a dame philandered by her spineless husband to pay debts. then she falls heads over heels in love with a handsome stranger in a flowery garden under the silvery stars. then next day her lover discovers her despicable infidelity as the traded woman, so he departs with loathing hatred. but destiny leads her again to his side and she still captivates everyman under her spell with her striking beauty. however, wherever she arrives, fatal ruin befalls upon men as helen could wreck troy despite her eyes only cast upon one man who despises her.

"the temptress" is a great exemplification of the intimidating empowerment of feminine allure as men fear women's charm since bible depicts dalliah betrays samson, also as adolescent boys scare to be devoured by the virgina vendetta. (pardon.) woman descends as the fault-blamer who catalysizes doom with misogynistic distrust. somehow female remains as the reluctant puppet of karma with irrevalent detachment as men bleeds to vie for her one sensuous regard. inevitably the female's got to commit an extrene masochistic deed to redeem herself and the sacredness of her love to the man as he collapses under her skirt.

garbo shall be the otherworldly incarnation of femme fatale, and her sultriness is never so evident as in "the tempress", clouded with a mythical fable-alike atmosphere as the backset is filled with expressionistic sceneric art. in her state of "silentness", garbo's sensuality is shredded with intense enigma as if you're observing a mythological tale with ideological archetypes.

the essence of woman's genuine fairness is as fragile as flower, you wanna pluck the blossom then after inhaling its fragrance, you secretly wish to tramp it beneath your feet, so transiet so vulnerable. the pinnacle of tragic aesthetism could only be accomplished as the female protagonost selects the path of self-ruin to gratify your appetite for destruction.

melodramaticity, indeed. as wordsworth remarks that poetry is the overflown state of emotions as one smolders in his maxium of sentimentality. (correct me if i quote it wrong). the carthesis is enlightened as the audience escalates into the pitch of drastic plot twists. that was cinema or entertainment in old days, a form of extinguished art.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

I have been curious about Garbo films, and I have started my adventure in her films with 'The Temptress'. This was her second film and she was not an established star yet...Here are some points I noticed:

- I found that the soft focus style during the first scenes, especially when Elena (Garbo) takes her mask off (very excited during this scene, I must add), has a similarity to the look a singer named Alison Goldfrapp had during the release of her first album, Felt Mountain. My partner and I noticed this, and thought it would be interesting to point out. The blurring of background objects would help the viewer direct their view to the actors.

- The score was very adequate in enhancing the drama or lightness of the various scenes.

- The fades in between scenes of Paris and Argentina were very interesting. I found it to be creative, especially because there were no optical printers at the time this movie was filmed. The fades had to be done within the camera,backing up on filmed footage to create the fades. Must have been a very intricate process as to not mess up the footage already shot.

- I enjoyed the 'foot fetish' scene during the tracking shot that was done over and under the banquet table in the scenes showing Fontenay's dinner party.

- Another scene that caught my eye was the distorted mirror that Elena looked into while her stay in Argentina. I am a fan of distortion and this shot was well done.

Overall this was a great film to spark my interest in Garbo's films.

Nick EaViL

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