Love (1927)

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A married woman compromises her social standing and family life when she falls for a young officer.


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  • Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in Love (1927)
  • Greta Garbo in Love (1927)
  • Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in Love (1927)
  • Greta Garbo in Love (1927)
  • Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in Love (1927)

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23 May 2017 | MissSimonetta
7
| More an abridgment than an adaptation
As I have stated before and often in my reviews, I don't care whether or not a film adaptation is faithful to its source material; my only requirement is that it be good and stand on its own two feet. Love (1927) mostly does this; I haven't read Anna Karenina, though I am familiar with the basic outline of the plot. Love hits the high points of the story, though it does make the relationship between Anna and Vronsky more a case of two soul mates finding one another than what those two characters are in the novel.

Garbo is luminescent as Anna. She was not only gorgeous, but she could communicate such depth and soul despite being featured in so many standard melodramas. Gilbert does good and is ardent as the romantic lead, but Garbo steals the show. As is usual with most 1920s MGM melodramas, the production is lavish and pretty. My biggest issue is that the story is incredibly rushed; everything moves so quickly and it feels like scenes were even lost or snipped. Nothing develops gradually. Aside from that problem, Love is a nice romantic drama, though if you want your Garbo-Gilbert fix, you're better off with Flesh and the Devil or A Woman of Affairs.

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