The Torrent (1926) ‘Garbo’s beauty..’


Torrent (1926)


Ricardo Cortez, Greta Garbo, Gertrude Olmstead, Edward Connelly, Lucien Littlefield, Martha Mattox  / Set Design  Cedric Gibbons & Merrill Pye  /  Cinematography  William H. Daniels  /  Editor  Frank Sullivan  /  Produced by Monta Bell & Irving Thalberg  /  Directed by  Monta Bell  

Torrent (1926) - On-set Shoot   Garbo - On-set (Mirror)

‘Garbo’s beauty is not just a harmony of lines, it is not merely ornamental. Her beauty contains a physiognomy expressing a very definite state of mind. Like the face of all other actors, Greta Garbo’s face changes during a scene. She, too, laughs and is sad, is surprised or angry, as prescribed by her part. Her face, too, may be once that of a queen and once that of a bedraggled drab, according to what character she has to play. But behind this variety of facial expression we can always see that unchanged Garbo face, the fixed unchanged expression of which has conquered the world. It is not mere beauty, but a beauty of peculiar significance, a beauty expressing one particular thing, that has captured the heart of half mankind. And what is this thing? Greta Garbo is sad. Not only in certain situations, for certain reasons. Greta Garbo’s beauty is a beauty of suffering; she suffers life and all the surrounding world. And this sadness, this sorrow is a very definite one : the sadness of loneliness, of an estrannt which feels no common tie with other human beings. The sadness of the inner nobility of a reticent purity, of the shrinking of a sensitive plant from a rude touch is in this beauty, even when she plays a down-and-out tart. Her brooding glance comes from afar even then and looks into the endless distance. Even then she is an exile in a distant land and does not know how she ever came to be where she is. But why should this strange sort of beauty affect millions more deeply than some bright and sparkling pin-up girl? What is the meaning of the Garbo expression?  ..’ 

Torrent (1926) - Portrait 1    Torrent (1926) - Portrait 2


‘We feel and see Greta Garbo’s beauty as finer and nobler, precisely because it bears the stamp of sorrow and loneliness. For however harmonious may be the lines of a face, if it is contentedly smiling, if it is bright and happy, if it can be bright and happy in this world of ours, then it must of neces sity belong to an inferior human being. Even the usually insen sitive person can understand that a sad and suffering beauty, gestures expressing horror at the touch of an unclean world, indicate a higher order of human being, a purer and nobler soul than smiles and mirth. Greta Garbo’s beauty is a beauty
which is in opposition to the world of to-day. Millions see in her face a protest against this world, millions who may perhaps not even be conscious as yet of their wn suffering protest; but they admire Garbo for it and find her beauty the most beautiful of all.’ 

‘THEORY OF FILM : Character and Growth of a New Art’  by Bela Balazs (1952)


  Torrent (1926) - On-set Shoot 1   Torrent (1926) - On-set 2   Torrent (1926) - On-set Shoot 2



“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals
a toughness that is almost frightening.” (GRETA GARBO)



5 comments on “The Torrent (1926) ‘Garbo’s beauty..’

  1. adnan says:

    goddess from heaven>>
    enters my soul my mind .. dont knoww why
    she is not a womankind…

  2. adnan says:

    sorry i didnt control myself when talking about dazed ..anything about garbo touches my interior…………
    i collect twenty 20 movies of garbo.
    im ready to pay anything for any one who send to me other garbos movies

    • chaplin says:

      Hello there adnan, which Garbo Silents are you in search of. Let me know, and I’ll see what I can do.

      • Adnan Khalil says:

        Thank you.. Ineed camille Greta Garbo&Robert Taylor. بتاريخ ٢٨‏/٠٩‏/٢٠١٥ ١٢:٥٨ م، كتب “Verdoux” :

        > chaplin commented: “Hello there adnan, which Garbo Silents are you in > search of. Let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. ” >

  3. adnan says:

    please ineed Camille greta garbo & robert taylor..urgently

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