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Torrent (1926)

A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After... See full summary »

Director:

Monta Bell (uncredited)

Writers:

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (from the novel by), Dorothy Farnum (adapted for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Cortez ... Don Rafael Brull
Greta Garbo ... Leonora
Gertrude Olmstead ... Remedios
Edward Connelly ... Pedro Moreno
Lucien Littlefield ... Cupido
Martha Mattox ... Doña Bernarda Brull
Lucy Beaumont ... Doña Pepa
Tully Marshall ... Don Andrés
Mack Swain ... Don Matías
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Salvatti (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
Lillian Leighton ... Isabella
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A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After becoming an opera star in Paris, the girl returns to her homeland and finds her romance with the nobleman rekindled. Written by page8701

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You'll love this story of a young aristocrat torn between duty to family and state and love for the most famous beauty of the continent. (Print Ad- Easton Free Press,((Easton, Penna.)) 24 May 1926)

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fluten der Leidenschaft See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$460,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$208,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

American film debut of Greta Garbo. See more »

Alternate Versions

The print in the Turner Classic Movies library has a music score written by Arthur Barrow and runs 88 minutes, with many scenes tinted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960) See more »

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A great star in the making
28 March 2011 | by rickodonovanSee all my reviews

It is remarkable that short of some 60 minutes of The Divine Woman, Greta Garbo's entire career and filmography has survived for our enjoyment. Torrent, her first American film after two feature-length European films, is remarkably impressionable. Now for the first time seen on the DVD release from Warner Bros. (it's previous availability consisted of a piecemeal ten parts on You Tube), her first MGM vehicle is absolutely stunning! The MGM back lot sets are resplendent of old Spanish countryside, Monta Bell's direction is brilliant, and Garbo's technique- from subtle gestures to facial expressions in closeups are very much in evidence. In yet another great Ibanez novel adapted to the screen, the heroine is a Spanish girl of a poor family who is spurned by a rich lover and runs off to Paris to pursue a career as an operatic singer. She subsequently returns to her small Spanish town a famous diva. In essence a story of the conflict of romantic love versus cultural duty and societal trappings. There are many great scenes. There is one erotic shot in particular in which leading man Ricardo Cortez lays in the lap of Garbo that clearly provided the inspiration for the now legendary love scene with Garbo and John Gilbert in Flesh and the Devil. The exteriors during the flood scene rival those shot in The Temptress. Altogether, great casting, tremendous special effects and an actress who captivated the movie-going public then as now make for an early work in the development of a film icon that surprises and delights. Where I had once thought it merely hinted at an astounding talent yet to come, Torrent shows clearly that by 1927 Garbo was already delivering the goods.


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