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14 October 2020 Lyon (France)
Festival Lumière: The Flesh and the Devil: The Divine Garbo and the Master Clarence Brown
Orchestre national de Lyon conducted by Timothy Brock - Auditorium-Orchestre National de Lyon
Program Info: Clarence Brown ( The parade passed by Kevin Brownlow (Actes Sud / Institut Lumière)
"Greta Garbo had something that no one had ever had onscreen. No one. I don't know if she was aware she had it, but she had it. […] For me, Garbo starts there. where all the others stop. "
The Flesh and the Devil by Clarence Brown (1926)
Officer Cadets, Leo von Harden (John Gilbert) and Ulrich von Eltz (Lars Hanson) have been friends since childhood. When he meets Felicitas (Greta Garbo), Leo immediately succumbs to her stunning beauty. A crazy passion is born between the two lovers.
The Flesh and the Devilis a turning point. Clarence Brown's first film for MGM, in which he will remain for more than twenty years, but also the first of seven films he will shoot with Greta Garbo, recently arrived from Europe. And without doubt, the film that confirmed her as a star.
Clarence Brown offers here to what will soon be called "La Divine" a superb setting. The image and the light participate in a perfect plastic beauty, the subtle editing exalts the tempo of the movements, the close-ups and the details reveal the action instead of the boxes.