Greta Garbo returns to Bristol Silents

This month’s Bristol Silents Club Screening marks the return of the unforgettable Greta Garbo, (1905-1990) which is rather fortuitous…

At last month’s club screening, we celebrated Marion Davies (1897-1961) who was the undoubted star of this year’s Slapstick Festival with screenings of The Patsy (1928) and Show People (1928). As Lucy Porter mentioned in her enthusiastic introductions, Davies’ reputation has been somewhat sullied by her affair with William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) the media mogul who was the inspiration for Orson Welles’ film debut. Hearst, who was (very understandably) besotted with Davies, was able to control her film career through Cosmopolitan Pictures.

Whilst Cosmopolitan was principally set up to showcase Hearst’s mistress, it’s easy to overlook that it also produced films that did not star Davies. And this is where Garbo comes in. Perhaps most
significantly, at a time when it had a deal with MGM, Cosmopolitan produced Garbo’s first two American films, which quickly established her as a major new star for Irving Thalberg and company.

The film being screened is a great example of why Garbo became the huge star she did. And if you are in the mood for passion, romance, intrigue, and death, you won’t be disappointed!

Bristol Silents Club Screening: Greta Garbo Night
Intro by Aardman Animations’ Tom Vincent
Wednesday 13th February / 19:30hrs
Lansdown Pub’s Screening Room (Upstairs)
Free Entry
Words by Tom Vincent (Aardman Animations)


  1. #1 by Rebecca Burgess on February 10, 2013 - 8:33 pm

    I’m looking forward to it, Garbo looks so very elegant! Not knowing about the context of Marion Davies relationship though, I only think of her as the adorable and hilarious star I saw in her films ❤ I personally find the actresses from this era far more quirky and likeable then what I see in the majority of films in my life time, although I have no doubt silent film has its fair share of forgettable actresses (as I'm sure film of my time has awesome actresses, I probably just dont watch enough films to point them out hehe)
    See you on Wednesday!

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