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A Woman of Affairs (1928)

A Woman of Affairs (1928)





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Michael Arlen's notorious novel The Green Hat was considered such a hot potato censor-wise that the property's title could not be used when it was adapted to film. Retitled A Woman of Affairs, this tale of a woman destroyed by syphilis was heavily laundered for the screen. Greta Garbo plays an impulsive British lass who, when denied permission to marry John Gilbert, hops from bed to bed with various partners. She marries a man who turns out to be a thief. When her husband commits suicide, Garbo is again wooed by Gilbert, who in the meantime has acquired a spouse of his own. Though she passionately loves Gilbert, Garbo sends him away, rather than ruin his life as she's ruined her own. With that classic enigmatic half-smile on her face, Garbo suicidally crashes her expensive automobile into the tree under which she sat with Gilbert the day he first declared his love for her. Outside of the always fascinating Greta Garbo, the best performance in Woman of Affairs is offered by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Garbo's drunken, dissipated younger brother.
Classics , Drama
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Greta Garbo
as Diana Merrick Furness
John Gilbert
as Neville 'Nevs' Holderness
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
as Jeffry Merrick
Lewis Stone
as Dr. Hugh Trevelyan
Johnny Mack Brown
as David Furness
Hobart Bosworth
as Sir Morton Holderness
Dorothy Sebastian
as Constance
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Critic Reviews for A Woman of Affairs

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An hysterical and an overacted soap opera story.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
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Audience Reviews for A Woman of Affairs

This is a really beautiful romantic melodrama. Again, Garbo is amazing. Her scene in the hospital is outstanding.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

Great film. I loved the story that seemed to capture the real life relationship between the leads.

Michelle Fitzsimonds
Michelle Fitzsimonds

[FONT=Verdana]I've got no complaints when Clarence Brown directs Greta Garbo. There are many adult themes in this pre-code movie: homosexuality, alcoholism, sex outside of marriage, pregnancy, suicide, syphilis... actually syphilis had to be replaced with "embezzeling" in the movie, which was based on a book called "The Green Hat." The author, Arlen, fictionalized the tragic exuberance of the Roaring 20's generation in England as F. Scott Fitzgerald had in the US.[/FONT]

Heather Deacon
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