Saturday, February 20, 2010

365 Movies: A Woman of Affairs Review

A Woman of Affairs stars Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Johnny Mack Brown, and Dorothy Sebastian in this 1928 silent film. The film is about Neville Holderness(Gilbert) and Diana Merrick's(Garbo) love affair and the unhappiness, that splits the two apart. When they want to marry, his father forbids his son to marry him and years later, feeling that Neville no longer loves her, Diana marries close companion, David Furness(Brown), whom has been in love with her since they were children. When tragedy strikes, Diana's life, Neville and Diana reunite again, only to torn apart again. Soon after, Neville marries a woman, whom his Father feels is more stable than Diana. Diana feels unloved and unappreciated from her ex-love to her brother, who believes she isn't worth much. This is a dynamite of a cast, seriously there are no bad performances whatsoever. I really believe this is Garbo's best movie, even better than Anna Karenina and Camille. She really slams the role with perfection and the magnetic chemistry between she and Gilbert is thrilling to watch. For a long time, this was a movie I would watch over and over again. I would play scenes over again because it was that good. Clarence Brown, the director of the film is a true genius and this isn't just one of his films that is good, he's a brilliant director. A thrilling and dramatic film, that deserves to be watched again and again!

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Artman2112 said...

i couldnt agree with you more, this is one of Garbo's great, great films, silent OR sound. Clarence Brown definitely does not get the kudos he deserves for his body of work. The guy directed some incredible pictures and such a variety too! from this to A Free Soul, to Idiots Delight to National Velvet.

I like that you're watching such a wide array of films, very cool!

audrey said...

I too agree; Woman of Affairs is an awesome film and the cinematography and art deco make a wonderful canvas for the divine Garbo and her costars.