Mata Hari (1932)
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as Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
as Gen. Serge Shubin
as Sister Angelica
as Sister Genevieve
as The Cook, a Spy
as Sister Theresa
as Executed Man
Critic Reviews for Mata Hari
Though Garbo is sexy and hot in a less subtle way this time, and though the plot goes about as far as it can in situation warmth, the story presents nothing sensational.
The film is Garbo's even before she appears on screen to dazzle her willing audience; once there, it becomes impossible to dissociate the legend of the star from the myth of Mata Hari.
A glamourous and romantic conception of the latter days of the life of the Dutch dancer and courtesan who was shot as a spy by the French in 1917.
Greta Garbo tries to wheedle secrets out of Ramon Navarro and Lewis Stone in her most ludicrous film.
Audience Reviews for Mata Hari
Some confusion in this film on who is on who's side and why.... most of the acting and camera work is stilted - like it's a silent film.
If this film had a better script, with less melodrama, it would be an absolute masterpiece. It's the amazing presence of Garbo, who's giving such a vivid performance that feels like the character comes alive on the screen. Amazing, amazing, amazing Garbo. Here you can see the reason why she became such a great star. The Mata Hari vehicle is also interesting for another reason. Mata treats men like equals - even her boss. Men treat her like a godess - and she may toy with them, to do her job, but ultimately, she values their humanity. Mata Hari is such an interesting personality, it's no wonder this character has become a legend. In this film we also see how progressive the 30s movies have been in treating women. Highly recommended despite its faults.
A very interesting movie, based on real life, but the film makers could have done a better job with putting this movie together. It just doesn't grab your attention, it's boring.
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