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As You Desire Me (1932)

Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara... See full summary »

Director:

George Fitzmaurice (uncredited)

Writers:

Luigi Pirandello (play), Gene Markey (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Zara aka Maria
Melvyn Douglas ... Count Bruno Varelli
Erich von Stroheim ... Carl Salter
Owen Moore ... Tony Boffie
Hedda Hopper ... Ines Montari
Rafaela Ottiano ... Lena
Warburton Gamble Warburton Gamble ... Baron
Albert Conti Albert Conti ... Captain
William Ricciardi ... Pietro
Roland Varno ... Albert
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Storyline

Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara is actually Maria, the wife of his close friend Bruno. Maria, Tony claims, had her memory destroyed during a World War I invasion ten years ago. Zara doesn't remember but leaves with Tony to Salter's dismay. Bruno, now an officer in the Italian army, tries to coax Maria's memory back on his large estate. No one is really sure if Zara is Maria, and when Salter shows up with a mental case that he claims is the real Maria, everyone on Bruno's estate is desperately searching for the truth. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wie du mich wünschst See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$460,733 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$705,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$658,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pirandello's play "Come tu mi vuoi", written by late 1929 premiered in Milan's Teatro de Filodrammatici on 18 February 1930. See more »

Goofs

Garbo puts on a dress in which she was painted ten years before. But the dress is in the style of the present. See more »

Quotes

Zara: And what is it that you love about me - my mind?
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Connections

Referenced in Va savoir (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungaria
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Bohuslav Leopold
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Intriguing treatment of intriguing theme
31 August 2005 | by peterjohndeanSee all my reviews

This film is almost forgotten but remains one of the most unusual in Garbo's career. It was daring to use a Pirandello play (what remains of it) and the stylistic inconsistencies are actually absolutely right for the theme that nothing is what it seems (but could be, if we so desired it). Compare it to "Two faced Woman" ten years later, also with Douglas and also about confusions of identity. You will see how much better is the earlier film and how much more beautiful Garbo was, even in a fright wig. George Fitzmaurice was a talented director with a great sense of style. Like most early sound films you have to see a good copy. Much of what we see now is just a travesty of the original and makes it very hard to appreciate its real quality.


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