Flesh and the Devil
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Flesh and the Devil
A bulky, verbose novel by Herman Suderman was the source for the exquisitely silent Flesh and the Devil. On leave from the Austrian army, lifelong friends John Gilbert and Lars Hanson return to their loving families. At a reception in Hanson's honor, Gilbert makes the acquaintance of the hauntingly beautiful Greta Garbo, whom he'd previously glimpsed for a few fleeting seconds at the railway depot. Those few seconds were enough to thoroughly captivate Gilbert, thus paving the way for a feverish sexual liaison with Garbo. Gilbert is shocked to discover that Garbo is married to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A corking story, exceptionally acted and cleverly directed. A lot of glory to be distributed among all concerned."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Turgid and stiff, it finds the magic only occasionally."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Garbo is mesmerising in this wild and heated romance that has to be considered in context to cope with the excesive aesthetic and thematic melodrama."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Garbo makes love!"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Miss Garbo is undeniably alluring as Felicitas. Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Hansen give sound performances in their respective roles."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"They *do not* make 'em like this anymore, and even when they did, the results were rarely this emphatic and grand."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A well crafted but creaky vehicle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pretty melodramatic stuff, it looked gorgeous and was well directed by Brown, Garbo's favourite director."
‑ , Film4
"Much ado about nothing, really, but Garbo is as luminous as ever, thanks to William Daniels' camerawork."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Somewhat notorious Garbo vehicle which co-stars real life lover, John Gilbert."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Garbo & Gilbert at their steamy, sultry silent peak."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Greta Garbo is the siren whose insatiable sexuality threatens to tear apart blood brothers John Gilbert and Lars Hanson in this overheated and melodramatic masterpiece."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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