Home
NEW TODAY
SCRIPT CONTESTS
FREE EVENTS
WATCH MOVIES
NEW MOVIES
FESTIVAL VIDEOS
PICTURES
READ POETRY
MOVIE SCENES
SUBMIT your FILM
POETRY CONTEST
DAILY PODCASTS
WATCH FREE FILMS
THE LAST RITE
2010 MOVIES
ACTORS
ACTRESSES
DIRECTORS
MOVIES by YEAR
FILM FRANCHISES
MOVIE GENRES
NOTES and IDEAS
WATCH VIRAL
GET OUR E-ZINE!
CONTACT US
TOP 100 Sex
FAQ
2011 MOVIES

Subscribe To This Site
XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines
 

FLESH AND THE DEVIL
Movie Reviews

SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your SCREENPLAY
Voted #1 screenplay contest in the world!
NEW MOVIE REVIEWSNEW MOVIE REVIEWS
Read Today's POSTED REVIEWS
TOP 100TOP 100 LISTS WEBSITE
Best of photos, movies, sex and everything else!
movie trailersMOVIE TRAILERS
SEE the UPCOMING films. Plus reviews!
CLICK and WATCH MOVIES ONLINE!

WATCH today's TOP SHORT FILMS
EXPLORE and WATCH the TOP PAGES on THE NET!!
wildcardWATCH the best of WILDCARD PICTURES!
wildcardWATCH - BEAUTIFUL short film!
wildcardWATCH - NOSTALGIA short film!
wildcardWATCH - EMBEDDED short film!
wildcardWATCH - YARDSALE short film!
wildcardWATCH - THE AUDITION short film!
wildcardWATCH - THE ADDICT short film!
wildcardWATCH - 48 short film!
wildcardWATCH - DIM SUM OF ITS PARTS short film!
TOP 100 MOVIESTOP 100 MOVIE PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of film!
TOP 100 SEXTOP 100 SEX PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of sex pages online!
TOP 100 SEXTOP 100 FUNNY VIDEOS on the NET!
WATCH the best in HISTORY!
NAKED SCENESWATCH the TOP 100 SEX VIDEOS on the NET!
SEE the best of sex online!!
WATCH MOVIESWATCH TOP 100 MOVIES Today
Best of NEW films on the NET!
TOP 100 MOVIESTOP 100 MOVIES of ALL-TIME
See the best of film!
DIRECTORTOP 100 DIRECTORS of ALL-TIME
SEE THE LIST. Reviews, Photos and Scenes!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your SCRIPTS
Voted #1 screenplay contest in the world!
FLESH AND THE DEVIL
Movie Reviews
by Jen Frankel


FLESH FROM THE DEVIL, 1926
Class Movie Reviews
Directed by Clarence Brown
Starring by Greta Garbo and John Gilbert



Synopsis

Leo (Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) are lifelong friends who once swore a childhood blood-oath that almost like a marriage vow. Nothing can come between them until they meet the beautiful Felicitas (Garbo) while home on military leave. The sexual attraction between Leo and Felicitas is palpable, but she neglects to mention she is married. Leo is forced into a duel with the Count, Felicitas's husband, and kills him, leaving her a widow and him sent on extended military service to Africa. Ulrich promises to watch over her while Leo is gone, but in her lover's absence, Felicitas and Ulrich are married. Leo returns to find himself doubly betrayed. Felicitas's solution to keeping Ulrich's money and Leo's devotion is to begin an affair with Leo, driving a further wedge between the two friends.

Review

Even by today's standards, "Flesh and the Devil" is a steamy piece of filmmaking. It was the beginning of the legendary silent screen era partnership of Garbo and Gilbert, and you can well believe that their real life love affair began at the same time they made this picture.

From the first moment they share the screen, this is a smoldering, sexual passion. Even if that was all the film had going for it, it would be well worth a look.

But "Flesh and the Devil" has some of the most gorgeous and memorable cinematic moments you could wish for as well, and the newly restored version also features a full and evocative score. Watch for the scene in the garden early on, where the light from a match becomes a third character in an intensely romantic scene.

Brown, who also brought to the screen such classics as "National Velvet" and "The Yearling," had already been a hard-working studio director for fourteen years when he directed this adaptation of Hermann Sudermann's novel "The Undying Past." He was nominated for seven Oscars between 1930 and 1947, a true son of Hollywood's Golden Age. For "Flesh and the Devil," you can see him creating pieces of the cinematic language that have sometimes survived to the present day the way he plays with overlaid text to drive home Leo's obsession with Felicitas for example.

As Felicitas, Garbo manages to be sensual and guarded at the same time, so that the depth of her betrayal and shallow character come as the same surprise for you the viewer as they do for poor Leo who watches his dream of golden love turn to dross.

John Gilbert plays Leo with vigor and intensity, and his love for the ironically named heroine is as sincere as his grief at his own gullibility.

The film also manages to play a vast variety of emotional notes, at times tragic and at others quite hilarious. The character work of the supporting actors is excellent and adds to the picture's great charm.

At the heart of it, "Flesh and the Devil" is a study of true friendship between two men who betray each other for a venal and shallow version of love. Garbo's Felicitas is a woman more concerned with how beautiful she will look in her widow's weeds than that her infidelity caused her husband's death.

In the years before the ridiculous moral codes choked Hollywood's ability to tell a good story, this one stands out as ahead of its time even now, a sensuous and desperate descent for one man into a fantasy that comes close to destroying everything he holds dear and everything he believes true about himself.

TOP 100 MOVIESTOP 100 MOVIE PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of film!
SEXY PHOTOSSEXY PHOTOS TOP 100
Sexiest people on the planet!
TOP 100 SEXTOP 100 SEX PAGES
WATCH and SEE the best of sex pages online
NAKED SCENESWATCH the TOP 100 NUDE SCENES of all-time
SEE the best of naked film!


Return from Flesh and the Devil Movie Reviews to Watch Films Online

Google


footer for Flesh and the Devil Movie Reviews page