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The Temptress

Released Oct 3, 1926 1h 57m Drama List
Reviews 65% Audience Score 250+ Ratings At a Parisian costume ball, Argentinian Manuel Robledo (Antonio Moreno) falls for the lovely Elena (Greta Garbo). The next day he discovers that she is already married to his friend the Marquis de Torre Bianca (Armand Kaliz). Later, a wealthy banker who was having an affair with Elena announces that she has ruined him and commits suicide publicly. To avoid scandal, the marquis moves to Argentina, where the love triangle is renewed, with fatal consequences. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Mordaunt Hall New York Times In many respects this picture is a distinguished piece of work, wherein Fred Niblo, the director, keeps the audience on the qui vive. Rated: 4/5 Oct 28, 2006 Full Review Robert E. Sherwood LIFE The Temptress is a lavish, luxurious picture, with all known forms of audience appeal; some of its scenes, as directed by Fred Niblo, are good. It would, however, be pretty dreadful were it not for the individual and unassisted efforts of Greta Garbo. Oct 5, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Outdated and overly melodramatic. Rated: C Jan 25, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Not enough Garbo but when she is present you can't take your eyes off her. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Audience Member Astonishingly complex silent film plot. However, it is a bad A-movie, despite it being a classic. Greta Garbo stars in her first major Hollywood production, under the tutelage of svengali Louis Mayer, who drew her from Sweden via director Mauritz Stiller. As the sad story goes, Stiller was used and tossed out of town once his usefulness in exporting Garbo from Sweden to America was established. This film is well acted by Antonio Moreno, but is so terribly unbelievable that even for its age, that it is difficult to accept credibly. Garbo plays a Helen of Troy like figure, mesmerizing every man she flashes her sparkly whites at. Coincidentally, it were those very eyes that made her a screen legend in real life. I really enjoyed the depressing and realistic ending. It seems that Mayer did not, as he ordered a happier alternate ending be produced and played at certain theatres depending on whether its patrons would prefer happy or sad endings. This makes for one of the earliest "alternate endings" in cinematic history. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member While sort of all over the place, The Temptress is undeniably entertaining. The film moves from beat to beat with purpose and without lagging terribly long, leading to an enjoyable viewing experience. Where the film gets into a bit of trouble is with its characters. Very seldom are their motivations ever really explained. Why do Elena and Robledo fall in love in the first place? Why did Elena marry Marquis de Torre Bianca if she never loved him? Who is Manos Duras and why doesn't he want the dam built? These questions are all presented in the film and never really answered, thus leaving many of the characters feeling more hollow internally than they should given their complex external actions. The film is also a bit troubling from a feminist stand-point but welcome to the 1920s. In the end, The Temptress, while somewhat hollow, is still an entertaining film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Garbo is lovely, but the film is slow-moving and overdone. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member a lil over the top melodrama pic #2 for garbo Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Well, I wasn't too impressed with this movie, but I didn't get to see it all because the DVD wasn't working right! Anyway, this movie seems to be an exotic adventure and a tragic romance story, which is interesting, but I found the characters kinda dull. Maybe I'll see this again someday, and I'll get to see the end. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis At a Parisian costume ball, Argentinian Manuel Robledo (Antonio Moreno) falls for the lovely Elena (Greta Garbo). The next day he discovers that she is already married to his friend the Marquis de Torre Bianca (Armand Kaliz). Later, a wealthy banker who was having an affair with Elena announces that she has ruined him and commits suicide publicly. To avoid scandal, the marquis moves to Argentina, where the love triangle is renewed, with fatal consequences.
Director
Fred Niblo
Screenwriter
Dorothy Farnum
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Cosmopolitan Productions
Genre
Drama
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 3, 1926, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 25, 2015
Runtime
1h 57m
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