Two-Faced Woman Review

Made in 1941, Two-Faced Woman was Greta Garbo's last film, the swan song for one of the original movie starlets. Garbo stars as Karin Blake, the outdoorsy adventurous wife of Larry Blake, played by Melvyn Douglas (Ninotchka). The marriage is becoming stale, and sensing her husband's disinterest, Karin decides to pose as her "twin" sister who is more of a romantic temptress type more interested in "the indoor life" than her sister.

One of the first mistaken identity films, the movie was a romantic comedy despite its sordid (and slightly psychotic when you think about it) plotline. Garbo is effervescent as ever on the screen, and seems to fully embrace the temptress character, complete with a sultry (for the time at least) Latin dance number sure to turn more than a few heads.

While not her best work, Two-Faced Woman is aptly named for offering us a different side of Garbo who often might be characterized as being an actress of quiet grace. While the plot requires a little too much suspension of disbelief (especially considering the level of star Garbo was) seeing the actress step out in an entertaining romp should be enough for long time fans of old Hollywood, or of Garbo fans looking to round out their DVD collection. As an introduction to the Silver Age of Hollywood, this falls just a little flat and is more of a footnote in one of Hollywood's original star careers, rather than a building block.

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"Two-Faced Woman" is on sale January 11, 2011 and is not rated. Comedy, Romance. Directed by George Cukor. Written by Ludwig Fulda and S.N. Behrman. Starring Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas.

Tom Hoeler
My major goals in life include proving to people that liking a movie and thinking is good are not the same, that watching black & white films will not reave your soul, and to one day organize my DVD collection (I have a strong desire against giving up my DVDs or their cases) autobiographically, High Fidelity, style.


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