As You Desire Me
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As You Desire Me
This complex '30s film is based upon a play by Pirandello which involved a hapless amnesiac. In As You Desire Me, the legendary Greta Garbo plays a down-in-the-dumps amnesiac (she can't recall who her husband is) who ends up singing in a low-life nightclub and putting up with the advances of a cruel and crude novelist (Eric von Stroheim). She'd have remained in this miserable state were it not for the fact that she's recognized and returned to her true husband, who's a nobleman loyally in love with her. Her former suitor von Stroheim shows up trying to expose her as a fraud… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A romantic problem play interestingly played by the fascinating Greta Garbo, treated in a manner of high drama. The original hasn't been broadly hoked in the manner that Metro has so often followed."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A bizarre, always fascinating film with two of the world's most intriguing characters -- Garbo and von Stroheim -- who square off in histrionic battle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Garbo (sporting a peroxide wig some of the time) brings a real erotic undertow to the love scenes, while Stroheim is terrific as the demonically sadistic writer trying to model her as one of his own creations."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"It may be slow moving and a shade creaky today, but this Greta Garbo vehicle positively smoulders, and contains some of the most overt sensuality you're likely to see in a Hollywood movie of the period."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"[Garbo] rises far above the story as it comes to the screen, but because of her impeccable performance the picture never fails to captivate one's interest."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"The story becomes more and more improbable with every reel, but Garbo's electrifyingly erotic central performance just about keeps things interesting enough."
‑ , Film4
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