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Inspiration (1931)





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Not every Greta Garbo film is an imperishable classic; this was seldom truer than in the case of her repetitious 1931 vehicle Inspiration. A modernized adaptation of Alphonse Daudet's Sappho, the film casts Garbo as Yvonne, a Parisian belle with "a history." When her past returns to haunt her, she decides to walk out on her sweetheart Andre (Robert Montgomery), even though she still loves him. Eventually she returns to Andre, but this time he leaves her. Worried that Yvonne will take drastic action over his defection, Andre returns, whereupon Yvonne breaks up the romance a third time, "all for the best." Had there been a fourth breakup, the audience probably would have walked out. No matter: Garbo illuminates every scene she's in, and that's all anyone could possibly ask for.


Greta Garbo
as Yvonne Valbret
Robert Montgomery
as André Montell
Lewis Stone
as Raymond Delval
John Miljan
as Coutant
Edwin Maxwell
as Julian Montell
Oscar Apfel
as Vignaud
Joan Marsh
as Madeleine
Zelda Sears
as Pauline
Arthur Hoyt
as Gavarni
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Despite Garbo--and the title--this is one of her least inspired film, a pale imitatioin of Romance based on an 1884 play! There's not much chemistry with Robert Montgomery, but you'll hear Garbo say, "I want to be alone."

February 10, 2006 | Rating: B-
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