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Mata Hari
Mata Hari
Actors: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
NR     2005     1hr 29min

Mata Hari: the name breathes mystery, intrigue and sexual allure. Who better to play the notorious World War I spy than Greta Garbo, the enigmatic, exquisite screen icon called The Swedish Sphinx? Garbo is mesmerizing as t...  more »


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Actors: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Creators: William H. Daniels, George Fitzmaurice, Irving Thalberg, Benjamin Glazer, Doris Anderson, Gilbert Emery, Leo Birinsky
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Classics, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/06/2005
Original Release Date: 12/26/1931
Theatrical Release Date: 12/26/1931
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Garbo and Adrian! Dynamite!
Jery Tillotson | New York, NY United States | 01/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the Garbo movie I watch nearly every week, and have watched
for years. For one thing, no other Ameican movie so brilliantly
choreographed costumes, decor, lightning,star make-up like this
extraordinary fantasy of the notorious spy. The fact it was made in
l932 is another plus because our movie stars looked so damned glorious
back then. Hours and entire days were spent lighting one
close-up. Adrian came up with knockout fashions for his great star:
fantastic lame capes, sequined/precious stone gowns, fur-lined
greatcoats, hats of all types, ravishing photography by William
Daniels. Garbo is cast opposite a perfect male beauty of that era: the
now forgotten but very sensual Ramon Navarro, who had been a great
silent star like Garbo but unlike her, he was on his way out. He was
later murdered in the early 50s by two neanderthal hustlers who used
the black,art deco dildo given to him by his tragic lover,
Valentino.... Cedric Gibbons designed the high gloss fantasy world of
intrigue in Germany. Camera set-ups and groupings, especially in the
surreal court scene, often looks like a Russian avant-garde
movie. Shadows, Garbo's face painted in ultra white make-up, very
thick eyeliner and false lashes, so that she resembles a symbol,
rather than a person make you realize just how lovingly a screen
goddess was treated in those days. (I mention this movie often in my
book on old Hollywood, "The Kiss of King Kong"). Best scene
is with Garbo at the hospital, visiting her lover, Navarro. Wearing a
stunning 30s hat with a metal pendant, a knock-out furlined coat,
photographed unforgettably by Daniels, you're transported into another
dimension. The final scene of Garbo being led off by soldiers to be
shot is another unforgettable movie moment. Viva la Garbo, Adrian,
Daniels, MGM! Garbo would never look so magnificent and other-worldly.
Gorgeous Garbo!
C. Tolley | hampton, tn United States | 03/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Actually, the only real reason I wanted to see this picture was the alluring Greta Garbo. The woman radiates mystery, which in today's cinema is all-to-rare. She is really the best thing about this film, which is kind of cheesy in everything else. The costumes are gorgeous, the sets are well-contrived, but it's the worn story and wooden acting all around Garbo that drag this film down.
This is a Hollywood rendering of a famous spy, Mata Hari, who, on being caught, is executed by firing squad in the end. There is no faulting Garbo's contribution, as she slithers from one scene to the next, fully convincing as the ill-fated, beautiful spy. I only the rest of the cast had put forth that much effort! Ah well.
Fans of Miss Garbo will, no doubt, fully enjoy this film, as Garbo is actually very moving in her scenes. Now don't get me wrong, I actually enjoyed this film, myself. I just wish more effort could have been put forth by just a few more of her colleagues.
I give this film four stars on the basis of Garbo's unique ability to light up the screen whenever she appears, and for the glorious costumes that populate her environment. Just sit back and enjoy the visual treat that was Greta Garbo."
Henning Sebastian Jahre | Oslo, Norway | 11/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As MATA HARI, Garbo shows us hints of what was soon 2 come(Queen Christina, Camille) but in THIS film she is a sexy siren. No wonder 20s and early 30s people fell head over heals for her. All other "goddesses" are pale shadows. There was nothing as magical as Garbo. The script is corny at times, Lionel B. hams his part(see Mickey Rooney "do him" in BABES IN ARMS 1939) but the film has a magic air that is spellbounding... In no way a great thriller or a suspenser(laughable when it is attempting 2)but a great GARBO vehicle. Roman Novarro is OK but is ruined with some of the lines he has to say."
Truly great MGM masterpiece
simon Davis ( | Melbourne Australia | 08/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent early 30's vechicle for Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro. Both stars have never been better in both looks and performances. Lighting of the film is a real highlight and it's performances like this that make you wonder why the great Ramon Novarro didn't stay one of the greatest heartthrobs of 30's romances, he is sensational. Garbo as always is exotic, mysterious and totally captivating. Any real lover of Hollywood's glamour era when stars were real stars should purchase this video."