Film Series: Flesh and the Devil (1927)
Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow: the most well-known faces of the silent film era — and the first American superstars of the modern age. Join Fresh City Life as we highlight the beautiful and talented women who helped to launch a new art form. These pre-sound movie icons were masters of telling a story with an artful gesture or a meaningful look. We’ve scheduled five great films and we’ll let you know about other great silent films in our collection, too.
Flesh and the Devil (1927)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Starring Greta Garbo.
“Greta Garbo was merely an immigrant actress of considerable promise when she began Flesh and the Devil at MGM, but when the film was finished, she emerged as the divine Garbo, one of the most mysterious, glamorous stars of the American screen, a distinction she maintained well into the 1930s. Director Clarence Brown, who observed the on and off screen romantic chemistry between his two stars (Garbo and John Gilbert), was inspired to wax poetic: ‘They are in that blissful state of love so like a rosy cloud that they imagine themselves hidden behind it, as well as lost in it.’” — Bret Wood, tcm.com. After the release of this film, with only three films to her credit, Greta Garbo became one of the most powerful and sought-after movie stars in the world. She was hounded by the press until she virtually disappeared from public life in the 1940s – using a line from one of her own films, she told the world, "I want to be alone." See the divine Garbo in the magic film that helped to make her a film legend. 112 minutes. Not rated.