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Anna Christie

“Garbo talks!” read the tagline for this relatively unglamorous 1930 MGM work, adapted from the Pulitzer-Prize-winning play by Eugene O’Neill and featuring Greta Garbo in, yes, her first talking role. Here Garbo suffers as Anna “Christie” Christofferson, an estranged daughter seeking to re-enter her barge skipper father’s (George F. Marion) life after 15 years of living with neglectful relatives in Minnesota. One fateful evening, the sailor Matt (Charles Bickford) is rescued at sea and he and Anna quickly fall in love. But Anna’s checkered past may catch up with her dreams of an idyllic, happy future—whether that be with her father, with Matt, or striking out on her own. Anna Christie, the highest-grossing film of 1930, earned Academy Award nominations for Garbo, director Clarence Brown, and cinematographer William Daniels.

Genres: Drama

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Anna Karenina

A massive commercial and critical success upon release in 1935, Anna Karenina was, at the time, one of the biggest box-office hits of Greta Garbo’s career. In this lean adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel, Garbo (in her second go as Anna after 1927’s silent) stars as the Russian countess, married to a career diplomat (Basil Rathbone)