This was Garbo's second talkie, and it tried to capture the fiery seductions of her silent-era films such as FLESH AND THE DEVIL, but her leading man, Gordon, was no John Gilbert. Garbo is an Italian opera diva (supposedly a soprano, but really a contralto) who is attracted to a young
curate, Gordon, and seduces him. We see these lovers in a flashback related by Gordon when, as an elderly bishop, he is trying to dissuade his grandson, Nugent, from marrying an actress. Garbo is shown falling in love with the younger Gordon and confessing that she has been the kept woman of
wealthy Stone. Garbo gives a final performance and then goes to Stone, telling him that she is...