A bizarre, always fascinating film with two of the world's most intriguing characters--Garbo and von Stroheim--who square off in histrionic battle. Based on the Luigi Pirandello play, the film offers Garbo as a demi-mondaine
who has seen greater days she cannot remember. Her amnesia stems
from a violent incident occuring in WW I. At the time she was an Italian countess whose palace was overrun by invading Austrian troops. She is raped by drunken soldiers (similar to the horrific experience undergone by Sophia Loren in TWO WOMEN) and the resultant trauma causes her mind to go blank.
She wanders off into the Balkan backwaters only to emerge as a singer in a ch...