Greta Garbo's first picture with John Gilbert and the first of seven for Clarence Brown, FLESH AND THE DEVIL is a well crafted but creaky vehicle about two men whose friendship is nearly destroyed by a femme fatale. In 1952, Elia Kazan cited it as one of his ten favorite films of all time.
Bosom friends since childhood, Leo (John Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) are now fellow cadets. Leo meets and falls in love with Felicitas (Greta Garbo) at a ball. Assuming she is unattached, he begins an affair with her. One night in her boudoir, he is startled by the sudden appearance of
Felicitas's husband (Marc MacDermott), who demands satisfaction. The next morning, Leo...