Anna Christie (1930)


“Gimme a whisky, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby! ” – Anna Christie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A woman tries to conceal her past from her new lover and her own father in order not to shame herself or her family.

My Take on it – Here is yet another film that I knew nothing about before seeing it besides the fact that Director Clarence Brown was nominated for an Oscar for his work here.

The premise is an interesting one especially given the fact of the era that it was made in.

Greta Garbo does a wonderful job in the lead despite the story dragging a bit too much along the way.

I haven’t seen many of her films, but her reputation as a great actress is well known and is proven in this somewhat complex role.

She was quite deserving of her Oscar nomination for this performance because it’s easy to see the anguish and agony that her character must endure in order to keep her secret from getting out and ruining the way people think of her.

Her character does a great job attempting to conceal her past from her father and new love and it’s so easy for the viewer to understand what they cannot and that helps add a bit more suspense to the story because no one ever knows how people will react to new and somewhat compromising information about one’s past.

The story is a bit long and doesn’t flow well enough to warrant even a 90 minute runtime and in some ways I think this film might have been served much better as a short film than the way that it’s presented here.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works even better given the time frame that it was made. Garbo is great in the lead and was quite deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for this role.  The way that the main character wants to keep her past a secret is done quite well especially since it’s easy to see why she doesn’t want her past to affect how she is seen by those that love her.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Greta Garbo’s first sound film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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