Greta Garbo: Anna Christie Director: Clarence Brown
Charles Bickford: Matt Burke Written by: Frances Marion
Marie Dressler: Marthy MGM 1929
George F Marion: Chris
James T Mack: Johnny
Lee Phelps: Larry
It has been 15 years since Chris has sent 5 year old Anna to live with relatives
in St. Paul, and now she is coming back. Anna needs rest and a place to stay so
Chris moves Marthy off his barge. One night, going down the coast, they rescue
3 survivors of a boat sinking. The big strong Scot, named Matt, takes a liking
to Anna and they go to Coney Island when they get back to land. Matt decides that
he will marry Anna but Chris says no - as does Anna. Every male member of Chris's
family has died at sea and Chris wants Anna to have children and a house
.::whats the fuss::.
Anna Christie was Garbo's talkie- debut. Not
a big deal??? Oh yes it is. Many people thought Garbos career was over when the "talkies" was launched. But people were wrong. Garbo's voice was really genuin, and added even more mystique to her allready mystified persona.In Anna Christi, Grabo's voice represents Garbo, as well as Anna Christie in her melancholy. It is well
known that Anna Christie was made a movie to make Garbo's entrance to the talking-
pictures as belivable as possible. Her accented voice is so RIGHT in "Anna
Christie", as Anna is supposed to be a foreigner. "Anna Christie" is one of
my favourite Garbo pictures. I think this is the movie that astablished Garbo
as the great actress she is remembered as.
* Garbo was among the last stars to make her talkie- debut. Gloria Swanson also waited until 1930.
* Garbo was among the few stars who made it from silent to talkie- movies without wrecking her career. Among the other "survivors" were Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson
* "Anna Christie" was promoted with the tagline: "Garbo talks". It was really quite risky, but MGM knew that if "Anna Christie" wasn't a hit, it could be Garbo's last film. They wanted to earn as much money on it as possible.
* Garbo got even more popular after "Anna Christie" The public loved her dark and mysterial voice, and it gave her an even stronger personality on the screen.
* Garbo's first line came 20 minutes into the movie and was: "Gimme a visky. Ginger ale on the side. And don't be stingy ba- bee". It is now listed among the most famous movie- quotes of all time
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