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A Woman of Affairs

Released Dec 15, 1928 1h 36m Drama List
Reviews 72% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Childhood friends Diana (Greta Garbo), Neville (John Gilbert) and David (Johnny Mack Brown) are caught in a love triangle as adults. Diana and Neville have long been smitten with each other, but her father disapproves of the relationship, resulting in her eventual marriage to David. It's not long after their wedding, however, that tragedy strikes, sending Diana on a downward spiral. When Neville reappears in her life, will he be able to save her from her own misery? Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An hysterical and an overacted soap opera story. Rated: C Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Dec 18, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D The melodramatic end hurts it but Garbo is great. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Louisa E I got the wrong end of the stick with this movie. I'm glad I watched it with my husband, but between the two of us, we made some conclusions that, after reading the plot of the play, we shouldn't have come to. We thought David killed himself because he was in a relationship with Jeffry. In the movie, it was due to theft, and in the play, it was due to syphilis, but we found our version made more sense and excitement! As an early film, we thought a gay romance would not be allowed, so we put two and two together and presumed it was being hinted at. But I think we were wrong. Also, while I presumed Diana had a baby due to the "illness", the hidden nature of it made it less climatic than it could have been if the censors had let more of that storyline shine. I thought the cinematography was excellent and the acting superb from Garbo. The Garbo/Gilbert chemistry is probably the best I've seen in silent films. I loved Garbo's subtle acting, and the time they allowed those emotions to show. It's a bit ho-hum to watch silent movies after delving into talkies. Did it deserve an Oscar Nom-Nom? No for writing, but a big Yes for Garbo's acting. I would take her over Mary Pickford (who won this year) any day. 6.5/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/09/23 Full Review William C Another story about a grown-up woman and two less-witted man, one was behaving like a teenager. Hope Garbo could deserve someone worthy of her. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member This film had a good deal going for it. It starred the always magical Greta Garbo. John Gilbert as leading man and they always worked well together. While not a great film it is a must for fans of Garbo who gives one of her best silent performances. Is it perfect? No and the story is the weak link. It does get melodramatic in the late stages of the film and some parts are not just silly but sense and credulity go out the window at times. It's a well made film and ravishingly photographed in the best moments. Carl Davis provides a fitting score. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member The best silent film I've ever seen. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Garbo sure was easy on the eyes Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Childhood friends Diana (Greta Garbo), Neville (John Gilbert) and David (Johnny Mack Brown) are caught in a love triangle as adults. Diana and Neville have long been smitten with each other, but her father disapproves of the relationship, resulting in her eventual marriage to David. It's not long after their wedding, however, that tragedy strikes, sending Diana on a downward spiral. When Neville reappears in her life, will he be able to save her from her own misery?
Director
Clarence Brown
Screenwriter
Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 15, 1928, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 17, 2016
Runtime
1h 36m