FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1926)
The first of seven Greta Garbo films directed by Clarence Brown, as well as the first to pair her with "The Great Lover" John Gilbert. Army cadets Gilbert and Lars Hanson are sworn blood brothers. Gilbert falls madly in love with the seductive Garbo, and, after killing her husband in a duel, is dispatched to Africa to avoid further scandal. He returns years later to find that Hanson, unaware of his friend's illicit romance with Garbo, has married her himself. William Daniels' masterly cinematography dazzles, most memorably during the climactic confrontation in the snow. DIR Clarence Brown; SCR Benjamin Glazer, from the novel "The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann; PROD Irving Thalberg. U.S., 1926, b&w, 112 min. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.