As You Desire Me (1932)

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In this film, Greta Garbo plays a down-in-the-dumps amnesiac who ends up singing in a low-life nightclub and putting up with the advances of a crude novelist. She'd have remained in this miserable state were it not for the fact that she's recognized and returned to her true husband.

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Critic Reviews for As You Desire Me

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

A romantic problem play interestingly played by the fascinating Greta Garbo, treated in a manner of high drama. The original hasn't been broadly hoked in the manner that Metro has so often followed.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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Garbo (sporting a peroxide wig some of the time) brings a real erotic undertow to the love scenes, while Stroheim is terrific as the demonically sadistic writer trying to model her as one of his own creations.

Feb 9, 2006
Time Out
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[Garbo] rises far above the story as it comes to the screen, but because of her impeccable performance the picture never fails to captivate one's interest.

Jan 28, 2006 | Full Review…

A bizarre, always fascinating film with two of the world's most intriguing characters -- Garbo and von Stroheim -- who square off in histrionic battle.

Sep 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It may be slow moving and a shade creaky today, but this Greta Garbo vehicle positively smoulders, and contains some of the most overt sensuality you're likely to see in a Hollywood movie of the period.

Sep 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The story becomes more and more improbable with every reel, but Garbo's electrifyingly erotic central performance just about keeps things interesting enough.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

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