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Flesh and the Devil (1926)

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Budget USD 373,000

Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM

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Other Titles
• Flesh and the Devil
• Es war (1926)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Love Triangle, Gay/Lesbian, Melodrama, Femme Fatale, Military

Plot: Greta Garbo and John Gilbert star in this classic silent melodrama about a love triangle between two boyhood friends and the amoral seductress who comes between them. Best friends Leo (Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) are cadets at a military academy when Leo falls madly in love with the gorgeous and aristocratic Countess Felicitas von Kletzingk (Garbo). However, Felicitas neglects to tell him that she has a husband who, upon discovering the affair, challenges Leo to a duel. Leo kills von Kletzingk and is sentenced to five years of foreign service in Africa. Felicitas promises to wait for her brave young lover, and Leo asks Ulrich to look after the grieving widow until his return. After three years, Leo returns to discover that his bosom buddy has married Felicitas in his absence. She rekindles her illicit romance with Leo but refuses to give up the comforts of married life with the now wealthy Ulrich. Determined to have them both, Felicitas drives the former friends into a deadly rivalry that culminates in a beautifully filmed finale that director Clarence Brown shoots almost entirely in silhouette. The use of inclement weather to invoke tragedy and mystery in the film contributes to the silent beauty of this MGM classic. Greta Garbo gives an incendiary performance as the

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 Directed by
Clarence Brown
National Velvet, The Yearling, Anna Karenina
 Written by
Marian Ainslee
Carefree, Foolish Wives, Queen Kelly
Benjamin Glazer
A Farewell to Arms, Mata Hari
Greta Garbo
Ninotchka, Grand Hotel, Queen Christina
John Gilbert
Queen Christina, The Big Parade, He Who Gets Slapped
Lars Hanson
The Wind, The Scarlet Letter
William Orlamond
The Wind, Girl Shy, House of Horror
George Fawcett
The Son of the Sheik, The Wedding March, The Girl Who Stayed at Home
Eugenie Besserer
Scarface, The Jazz Singer, Drums of Love
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