Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Poll On Greta Garbo's Birthday

The last time I tried a poll, a bug in's programming dropped votes right and left. But in honor of Greta Garbo's 105th birthday today, we'll try again.

Of Greta Garbo's performances during the sound era to receive or likely to receive an alternate Oscar/Katie nomination, which do you think is her best? (Vote in the poll at the top right. And if you have no opinion, vote anyway—that's what democracy is all about!)

Anna Christie (1930)

Queen Christina (1933)

Anna Karenina (1935)

Camille (1936)

Ninotchka (1939)


yiannis said...

She gave us so many performances to cherish for always, all these mentionned are incomparable performances (one could also add the neglected "Painted veil" one of her very greatest performances and the equally neglected "As youd esire me" based on a Pirandello play). "Camille" is something special of course and many people regard it as her greatest ever, even the greatest performance given by an actress in the history of films. It has inspired many artists and performances in ballet, opera like Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand" or John Neumeier's "The Lady of the Camelias". Garbo's Marguerite is the ultimate Lady of the Camelias of all times. Evn the great opera singer Maria Callas (whose one of the greatest triumphs was Verdi's "La Traviata" based on the Lady of the Camelias) expressed her great admiration for Garbo and said that it ispired her own performance of Violetta. It is indeed an incomparable performance.The range and the scope of her performance as Marguerite is beyond words of description. Radiant and humorous at the early scenes at the theatre, cynical, yet tender under the surface in her early scenes with Armand, luminous with happiness in ehr scenes in the country, romantic, noble and tragic in her scene with Armand's father when she has to give her lover up, a tragic lifeless ghost of her old self when she drops her fan at the gambling scene and of course thazt incomparable death scene where Garbo blossoms as the greatest tragedienne the screen has ever known.

La Petite Gallery said...

I just loved all she did.
I cried when I read the book
Camele it was so sad.

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