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The Kiss

By 1929, Greta Garbo had already been under contract at MGM for several years making pictures like Flesh and the Devil, but it was with the introduction of the talkies that her fame became cemented in Hollywood lore. However, directly before that came Art Deco romance The Kiss, a quasi-silent—in that it features synced sound effects—produced well after the introduction of talking pictures, featuring beautiful sets and fine performances. Garbo plays Irene, a wealthy businessman’s (Anders Randolf) wife caught between him and two other suitors—brash young lawyer André (Conrad Nagel) and 18-year-old interloper Pierre (Lew Ayres). The setup calls for tragedy, and the film delivers in spades, but even more noteworthy is this last look at a silent Garbo, by now known the world over for her stunningly beautiful visage.

Genres: Drama