This week is a biggie because I could have lists and lists under period drama so it was hard to pin it down to 3 so I decided to do a theme within a theme. Wandering through the Shelves picked a biggie this week so head on over to see what everyone else has chosen. Here are my 3...
1. QUEEN CHRISTINA-1933
“I shall die a bachelor” said the great Greta Garbo as Queen Christina, the 17th century Queen of Sweden and Garbo did die a bachelor. She played this Queen as I would think this Queen would have been not that I know much about her. This was done before the Hays Code and Breen Office decided to bring the censorship sword down on the film industry so you see some strong suggestions that The Queen and her Lady in Waiting are more than just girlfriends. We see the Queen, dressed as a man, meet and fall in love with, yes, a man, played by Garbo’s once huge love, John Gilbert. They spend a wonderful night together and you know they did. It is an excellent film and sad knowing that Gilbert, once the most famous leading man in the mid to late 20s, is now a costar to Garbo. He plays his part of her lover so well.
2. ANNA KARENINA-1935
I actually read the lengthy book and, to be honest, Anna Karenina was so irritating in the book I was glad when she was gone which is about half way through the book from what I remember. This film was a very good adaptation centering on Anna Karenina and her love/lust for Count Vronsky pissing off her stoic, cold husband who hurts her where it really hurts..not allowing her to see her son. I do like this film especially Frederic March as Count Vronsky but there is something in Garbo that makes me think she is just too strong to play the mentally imbalanced Anna. I could picture her rolling her eyes between takes. I have to admit that I prefer the great Vivien Leigh as Anna even though the Vronsky in that film sucks. This is the superior film and it is well acted and worth a look.
Garbo plays the title role as the doomed heroine/courtesan aka, high priced hooker, who can charm most men with her looks not to mention the bedroom slippers she wore underneath her outfits(Garbo wanted to wear them as they were more comfortable). She is the kept woman of a nasty jerk played to the hilt by sneering Henry Daniell but falls for the prettiest young man to enter the film world since Valentino-Robert Taylor. Taylor falls hard for this gal and she reciprocates but when Taylor's dad comes to visit explaining her relationship with his son will doom him, she decides to be noble. This was Garbo's favourite film and I will say she did look very lovely in the costumes and hats she wore. She acted so well and was the Meryl Streep of her day but Garbo never won an Oscar.
So which 3 would you choose?