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"Garbo laughs!" read the headlines after Oscar-honoree and screen legend Greta Garbo ("Queen Christina," "Grand Hotel") bursts into a rare bit of onscreen laughter during her portrayal of a cold-hearted Soviet agent who is warmed up by a trip to Paris and a night of love with Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas ("Hud"). Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry and recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the top 400 American Films of all time.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 30
- Fresh: 29
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: One of the sprightliest comedies of the year.
Fresh: This one is neither crude clowning nor crude prejudice, but a literate and knowingly directed satire which lands many a shrewd crack about phony Five Year Plans, collective farms, Communist jargon and pseudo-scientific gab.
Fresh: Selection of Ernst Lubitsch to pilot Garbo in her first light performance in pictures proves a bull's-eye.
Fresh: The satire may be mostly a matter of easy contrasts, but the lovers inhabit a world of elegance and poise that is uniquely and movingly Lubitsch's.
...was the tagline for this movie way back when it came out. Although Garbo did laugh in other films, just not to this extent! Watch for the moment when Melvyn Douglas asks Garbo if she is jealous whie they are pitching woo in his Paris apartment. Her mere vocalization of "uh huh" will make you melt every time!
If yo are a Garbo fan grab this one in digital format and keep it on your iPod. You will not regret it!
Now "I vant to be left aloowne!"
Garbo was my late grandmother's favorite actress. She remembered going to see Queen Christina in New York. She loved this one, too. Such a charming film.