Anna Christie (1930)
"Gimme a whiskey."
My DVD just shipped in a few hours ago and I sat down to watch my first Greta Garbo movie. This was her first talking picture, coming off the silent movies, and as an added bonus the screenplay is an adaptation from the one and only Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie” - it actually has a similarity to the character of Sadie Thompson from the movie “Rain” with Joan Crawford, but I really liked this better. The film is like another breed of filmmaking, every screenwriting teacher or book tells ALL writers to avoid overly long dialogue scenes - and they deem it as “boring”. But this film which was made in 1930 is a living testament that they are dead wrong! The film is packed with witty dialogue, in fact there isn’t even any fancy camera work, it’s basically two shot scenes and the characters talking back and forth, it’s real acting - more like the “theatre du filme” genre that Joseph Mankiewicz perfected with A Letter To Three Wives and All About Eve. These films are all dialogue - but the power of the word is so captivating, it’s just as strong as the visual imagery that film should purportedly be all about. I urge anyone to see this film, I bought a book on Eugene O’Neill - and read part of Under Helms which was made into a movie as well with Sophia Loren, and the guy is one of the finest dialogue writers of all time.
Greta Garbo is really one of the finest actresses I’ve ever seen, I mean in this film alone she just completely wowed me from start to finish - she’s the real first lady of film, judging by this film alone. I have my Grand Hotel dvd around, I’'m seeing that very soon. Great film, I loved it. Oh, and there was this one racy joke that I laughed so hard at, here:
Greta meets a sailor who she has fallen in love with and they are at a carnival. There’s this game where you blow on a hose until a balloon pops - well you get the gimmick.
Sailor: "Sure I have much chest in me to blow up a balloon."
Greta: "I don’t doubt it."
Sailor blows for a few seconds then stops. Lokks her hard in the eyes.
Sailor: "What do you mean you don’t doubt it?"
Greta: “I’m just kidding”.
Haha, They actually wrote a cock sucking joke. ;D