Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer
The wonderful historical drama Conquest was directed by Clarence Brown and Gustav Machatý (uncredited) and starred two of the greatest stars in the history of movies – Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer.
I’ve always been one of those annoying broken records who pleads with people to give actors, actresses, genres, and even movies a fair chance – to see the stars in more films, more films in a genre and, perhaps, even see a film more than once (at different times in their lives – often we see films differently at different ages). Greta Garbo is one of the reasons I feel so strongly about this. For years (after seeing a whole whopping 2 films), I wasn’t a fan. Like.. at all! But I stuck with her and now am borderline obsessed with her.
I just ordered three Greta Garbo items off of Ebay and have decided to collect her films, books, and everything else associated with her.
Basically, I’m smitten.
I’ve discovered a brand new (to me, anyway) favorite and am LOVING watching her films, her beauty, and her Garbo magic. It’s all but impossible to tell whether or not you really like a star with one or even two films. You can ‘t judge their range, their talent, or there… yes… magic with a small sampling.
For one thing, some stars shine more in one genre than another. While I loved John Wayne in Baby Face, if it had been the only movie I’d ever seen him in, he wouldn’t be one of my favorites. Fortunately, I’ve seen him in all of his Westerns and know what a wonderful star he was.
That Garbo Magic