The great Garbo at her radiant peak, and certainly among the top five most romantic movies ever made. Cukor's renowned "rapport" with actresses is unfailing here. MGM's glamour shows unmistakable care---if it's not the same as style, the luxuriance befits the story of a courtesan. It's a
puzzle why Garbo's Marguerite is a whore--she seems too intelligent, too yearning, too serious to have ever considered the demimonde life, yet her acting is so generous, so overcome with the warmth of true love, so tinged with the irony of the character's circumstances, that she sweeps you away.
Her final scene is among the finest ever committed to film, as she signals death with h...