Anna Christie

Anna Christie

DVD - 2005
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Old sailor Chris Christofferson eagerly awaits the arrival of his grown daughter Anna, whom he sent at five years old to live with relatives in Minnesota. He has not seen her since, but believes her to be a decent and respectably employed young woman. When Anna arrives, however, it is clear that she has lived a hard life in the dregs of society, and that much of her spirit has been extinguished.

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DUVIDL
Oct 11, 2017

NURSEBOB: I LIKE YOUR STYLE (and taste in actresses.) MARIE DRESSLER FOREVER!!!!!!! And be sure to catch her stealing everything that ain`t nailed down (and a few things that are) in DINNER AT EIGHT.

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Nursebob
Jul 02, 2016

Dark and moody with images of restless waves and obscuring sea fogs, director Clarence Brown captures the essence of O’Neill’s themes—alienation, destitution, perseverance—to produce an intense theatrical drama with a cinematic flourish. Although his characters occasionally emote (Hollywood was just emerging from the quirks of the Silent Era after all) their performances ring true especially Garbo and character actor George F. Marion as daughter and father. But it is the incomparable Marie Dressler as Marion’s spurned mistress Marthy who steals scene after scene. Overweight, dowdy, and perpetually soused, Marthy is the only person honest enough (or drunk enough?) to tell the truth regardless of who wants to hear it. A magnificent piece from the beginning of American cinema’s Golden Age with a surprising, albeit deeply buried, feminist twist.

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