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The Painted Veil (1934)

A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.

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John Meehan (screen play), Salka Viertel (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Katrin
Herbert Marshall ... Walter Fane
George Brent ... Jack Townsend
Warner Oland ... General Yu
Jean Hersholt ... Herr Koerber
Bodil Rosing ... Frau Koerber
Katharine Alexander ... Mrs. Townsend
Cecilia Parker ... Olga
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Amah
Forrester Harvey ... Waddington
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Mariska Aldrich Mariska Aldrich ... German Teacher (scenes deleted)
Maidena Armstrong Maidena Armstrong ... German (scenes deleted)
Billy Bevan ... Bridegroom (scenes deleted)
Beulah Bondi ... Frau Koerber (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In Austria, Katrin is lonely after her sister's marriage and she agrees to marry her father's research associate Dr. Walter Fane. Fane takes her to China but constantly ignors her in favour of his medical research. Lonely Katrin has an affair with Jack Townsend of the British Embassy. When it is discovered by Walter he becomes very bitter. Fane travels to fight a cholera epidemic and Katrin goes with him and helps. They grow closer together than ever before but Walter is knifed in a riot incited by the burning of a cholera infested town. Now their new found happiness will depend on Walter's survival. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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SHE SEIZED THE LOVE That Is Every Woman's Birthright! (Print Ad- The Lodi News, ((Lodi, Calif.)) 9 January 1935) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1935 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El velo pintado See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$947,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,172,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,441,600
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A church facade was added to the standing set known as the French District at MGM. The church became a permanent part of the set and stood until the lot was cleared in the 1970Kirk Kerkorian took control. See more »

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A box is marked "Scotch Whiskey". The proper spelling is "Whisky". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Walter Fane: What are you thinking about? I'd like to know.
Katrin Koerber Fane: Our house. My old home. Us. Everything - all at once.
Dr. Walter Fane: Happy?
Katrin Koerber Fane: I'm excited. Is that happy?
Dr. Walter Fane: I hope so.
Katrin Koerber Fane: And you?
Dr. Walter Fane: Never a man so happy, anywhere, in the new world - or the old.
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Version of The Painted Veil (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played as background music in the wedding scene
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Maugham's story, much improved.
25 October 2009 | by Irie212See all my reviews

The best adaptation of Maugham may be "The Letter," but this version of "The Painted Veil," which substantially changes his ending, is very nearly as good-- as subtle, as elegant, and as satisfying as a work of art. Both examine the profound differences and similarities that exist between passion and love, but this film goes deeper, looking at the glory that ensues when, at length, love and passion bloom together.

Much credit goes to William Daniels, who was D.P. for directors from Stroheim to Ichikawa to Bud Yorkin. His framing and silvery lighting give even greater weight to the superb performances by Garbo and the masterful Herbert Marshall. Together Daniels and director Boleslawski allow the two actors to deliver the very affecting and very adult dialog with rare dignity and feeling.

The two kitchen scenes in particular, one in the first sequence, and one near the end, are flawless, and all the better because of being parallels, and because the dialog employs the sheer force of elemental simplicity. In the second scene,when cholera-fighting Marshall finally speaks of his wife's infidelity, he humbly takes some of the blame, saying, "I went blind… a little mad. But if all the men who were hurt simply quit — bad business." Garbo at last begins to understand and replies, "Being in love, and letting it smash things as I have, I thought it had the right of way, I really did." She finally realizes that passion, such as hers for her lover, can be both deeply felt and utterly shallow.

One more note about the visual genius on display. A standard cliché, fireworks,is used to suggest orgasm, but it is done as brilliantly and thrillingly as I've ever seen: three or four bursts of sparks shoot into the frame, like nothing so much as ejaculation.


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