Greta Garbo's first talkie, Eugene O'Neill's ANNA CHRISTIE, was filmed in English (by director Clarence Brown) as well as Swedish and German-language versions (directed by Jacques Feyder), and after decades of obscurity, the German version has resurfaced to verify what Garbo had always
felt: it's better than the American version.
Twenty-year-old Anna Christie (Greta Garbo) comes to New York to see her father Chris (Theo Schall) for the first time in 15 years. Chris, a drunken old sailor who now lives on a coal barge with his floozy mistress Marthy (Salka Viertel), had left Anna to be raised by relatives in Minnesota after
her mother died. When Anna arrives, her...