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Romance

Released Aug 26, 1930 1h 16m Drama List
Reviews 22% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
An opera star (Greta Garbo) kept by an older man (Lewis Stone) falls in love with a preacher (Gavin Gordon) from a rich American family. Read More Read Less
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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com This romantic melodrama, her second talkie, is verbose and stiff, but Garbo gives a strong, dominant performance, which earned her another Oscar nomination. Rated: C+ Jul 25, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Louisa E This was ho-hum for me. The story was ok but not gripping. The acting was pretty good but I had trouble with the sound quality and it was hard to hear all the dialogue. There were a few moments of good cinematography but the rest was filmed like a play. Nothing special here. 6.45/10. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Greta Garbo's performance is excellent but the plot and movie are stiff and boring. Garbo's character thrusts love from her because she considers herself unworthy of th man who offers it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review steve d Garbo is good the rest is not. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting to Watch Garbo in one of the earlier talkies: The script is not so good, and the religious angle is something that the Founding Fathers warned early Americans against in 1776. Yet, here we have Garbo's potential lover "saving souls" as a ruse for loving her. A bad plot that must have arisen from the religious turpitude the writers experienced. Garbo was overly dramatic and gradually learned to tone this down (somewhat). Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A sanctimonious young man (Lewis Stone) falls for an opera singer (Greta Garbo) who has a bad reputation because she carries on with men (sigh, and grr). "Perhaps I'm not the marrying kind either", purrs Garbo, through her thick accent, though she's far from a floozy. The big question is whether they should break it off because of their differences and her "fallen" status, and ultimately, despite their love, they do. The story is told by Stone, in his old age now, to his grandson. He's carried a torch for Garbo all these years, and councils him to marry for love, regardless of the circumstances. The ending is a nice touch, but I didn't care much for the characters, and was mystified by how Garbo was nominated for an Oscar after butchering so many lines. This is one of those movies that really does feel old, complete with comical special effects on a toboggan slope (I believe the one outdoor scene in the movie) with an obviously filmed backdrop, a look you now see parodied on shows like Saturday Night Live. A couple of nice quotes though: "How would you like it if I drink to what I see in your eyes, and you drink to what you see in mine?" "Let me tell you something that I hope you will remember. Yesterday is a dream we have forgot. Tomorrow is the hope for some great happiness that will never come. Before, behind - just clouds and shadows. Nothing is real but this little minute that we call today." Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Romance is a horrible film. Garbo's seduction is not convincing and Gavin Gordon's tale of romance has have to been the most boring tale that his young lad has heard. Romance has no romance. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An opera star (Greta Garbo) kept by an older man (Lewis Stone) falls in love with a preacher (Gavin Gordon) from a rich American family.
Director
Clarence Brown
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 26, 1930, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 16m
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