The Temptress

The Temptress

Director: Fred Niblo, Mauritz Stiller Cast: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The Temptress was Greta Garbo's second American film, and while it may strike modern viewers as excessively melodramatic, Garbo is always worth watching. The star plays Elena, the wife of Monsieur Canterac (Lionel Barrymore) -- and the mistress of rich Parisian banker Monsieur Fontenoy (Marc MacDermott). When the banker's Argentine friend Robledo (Antonio Moreno), a dynamic young engineer, pays a visit to Paris, the fickle Elena immediately falls in love with him. Upon learning that Fontenoy has lost his fortune, Elena dumps him and returns to her husband, whereupon the banker kills himself. Evidently not content with ruining one life, Elena heads to Argentina and goes to work on Robledo, leading to a bloody whip duel between Robledo and his rival Manos Duros (Roy D'Arcy). Inevitably, Elena drives Robledo to perdition and indirectly causes the destruction of the magnificent dam upon which he has worked all his life. Banished from Argentina, she returns to Paris, where she spends the rest of her days as a seedy streetwalker. At least, that was the ending of the European version of The Temptress. The American version incredibly ends happily, five years after the above-described events, as Robledo and the reformed Elena triumphantly supervise the opening of his now-repaired dam! Initially, the film's director was Garbo's mentor-lover, the brilliant Mauritz Stiller, but he was replaced halfway through by the competent but uninspired Fred Niblo -- and the finished picture shows this division of interests all too clearly.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316126776
Original Release: 1926
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 37,904

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Elena
Antonio Moreno Robledo
Roy D'Arcy Manos Duras
Marc MacDermott Mons. Fontenoy
Lionel Barrymore Canterac
Virginia Brown Faire Celinda
Armand Kaliz Torre De Bianca
Alys Murrell Josephine
Robert Anderson Pirovani
Francis McDonald Timoteo
Hector V. Sarno Rojas
Inez Gomez Sebastiana
Roy Coulson Trinidad
Steve Clemente Salvadore
Mauritz Stiller Actor

Technical Credits
Fred Niblo Director
Mauritz Stiller Director
Andre-Ani Costumes/Costume Designer
James Basevi Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Dorothy Farnum Screenwriter
Gaetano Gaudio Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
H. Bruce Humberstone Asst. Director
Lloyd Nosler Editor
Max Ree Costumes/Costume Designer

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