Romance (1930)


“Leading man Gavin Gordon was hit by another vehicle while driving his car to the set the first day of shooting. He was flung onto the pavement and fractured a collarbone, as well as dislocating his shoulder. Gordon was determined to play alongside Greta Garbo and feared his part might be recast if he went to the hospital, therefore proceeding to the set in spite of great pain. He managed to get through the first scene, whereupon he fainted. Garbo visited his bedside at the hospital and told him, production would wait for him. Director Clarence Brown therefore had to shoot all the scenes first in which Gordon didn’t appear.” – Tom Armstrong

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young man contemplating love meets with his grandfather to get counsel and wisdom on the subject.

My Take on it – This is another film that I have never heard of beforehand and didn’t have much expectations about it being that good.

I was therefore quite surprised to see how enjoyable it actually was because they manage to tell a timeless tale of how the wisdom of the aged can help serve the young when they seek advice about life most important subjects life love and romance.

They do a great job of framing the story between scenes in the “present” and scenes from the past which are told entirely via flashback.

The way that they describe the “war” and differences between the classes is done really well and we get to see how the segregation between the classes can help affect the various choices people make in their lives especially when dealing with love, romance and marriage.

Bottom Line – Great film that shows how the wisdom of the aged can help serve the youth even when it comes to tales of love and romance. The film is framed quite well by scenes from the “present” while most of the entire film is told in flashback.  The war between the classes is described quite well here we get to see how the segregation between the classes can affect the many choices people could make in their lives even when it comes to love and marriage.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Leading man Gavin Gordon was hit by another vehicle while driving his car to the set the first day of shooting. He was flung onto the pavement and fractured a collarbone, as well as dislocating his shoulder. Gordon was determined to play alongside Greta Garbo and feared his part might be recast if he went to the hospital, therefore proceeding to the set in spite of great pain. He managed to get through the first scene, whereupon he fainted. Garbo visited his bedside at the hospital and told him, production would wait for him. Director Clarence Brown therefore had to shoot all the scenes first in which Gordon didn’t appear. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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