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The Temptress (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 October 1926 (USA)
An architect tries suppressing his passion for a seductive woman.

Directors:

Fred Niblo, Mauritz Stiller (uncredited)

Writers:

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (as Vicente Blasco Ibañez), Dorothy Farnum (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Elena
Antonio Moreno ... Manuel Robledo
Marc McDermott ... M.Fontenoy (as Marc MacDermott)
Lionel Barrymore ... Canterac
Armand Kaliz ... Marquis de Torre Bianca
Roy D'Arcy ... Manos Duras
Robert Anderson ... Pirovani (as Robert Andersen)
Francis McDonald ... Timoteo
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... Rojas
Virginia Brown Faire ... Celinda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Brent Helen Brent
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Storyline

In a masked ball in Paris, Manuel Robledo, a young Argentinian architect, meets Elena, the Marquess of Torre Blanca. Later, the young woman is rightly accused causing the misfortune and loss of wealth of Fontenoy, a man who fell for her charms. To escape social criticism, the Marquis of Torre Blanca transfers his residence to Argentina. There, Elena meets again Manuel, when he is building a river's dam. Manos Duras, a thug, harasses Elena, and when Manuel intervenes, he defies him to a whip duel. The duel is long and vicious, both men suffering many cuts on their faces and naked chests, but in the end, the thug is vanquished and humiliated. Manos Duras sets up an ambush to murder Manuel, but the Marquis of Torre Blanca is killed instead. Now, there only two men in love for Elena, the eternal temptress^Å Written by Artemis-9

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He Tried to close His Heart Against Her! - but her fiery beauty held him in its sway! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tentatrice See more »

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Budget:

$669,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2005 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Just four days into filming, Greta Garbo was notified that her sister Alva had died. See more »

Goofs

When the camera crane pulls back from Fontenoy along the long banquet table prior to his suicide, the crane throws a shadow across him from the overhead studio lighting. See more »

Quotes

Canterac: May I say goodbye - to - to her?
Manuel Robledo: In hell - would you offer prayers to the devil?
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Alternate Versions

In 2005, Turner Entertainment Co. copyrighted a version with a new musical score composed by Michael Picton. It was first broadcast on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on 30 January 2005 and ran 105 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Silent Lovers (1980) See more »

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Interesting Role For Garbo, Plus Some Good Set Pieces
20 March 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This silent drama provides an interesting role for Greta Garbo, who was still rather young at the time. It also has some good set pieces created by directors Fred Niblo and/or Mauritz Stiller, which liven up the story considerably. The supporting cast also features a couple of good performances, and all of the strengths help to make up for a rather downbeat story.

As "The Temptress", Garbo is certainly believable as a woman who attracts the attention of every man around. What makes it more interesting than most such scenarios is that both the script and Garbo's performance leave some ambiguity about what the character is really like inside, and in any case she has a lot more depth than the male characters. The best supporting performances come from Lionel Barrymore and Marc McDermott, as two of the many men who desire her.

Several sequences are filmed very nicely. Fontenoy's dinner party is an effective display of the hollow lifestyle it depicts, and there is some real danger and menace in the fight scene between Robledo and Manos Duras. The pace overall is uneven, and it does have some slow stretches that add unnecessarily to the running time, but the good parts make up for this. At least one DVD version includes a variant ending that changes the tone considerably, so there must have been some uncertainty about how it should close.

Garbo's talent and screen presence are both easy to see, and in later features her characters would give her better opportunities to show them. She does a very good job here, and makes her character much more interesting than it would have been with a lesser performer in the role. Overall, it's a movie worth seeing for silent film fans, with some real highlights that make up for the occasional shortcomings.


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