Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Director: George Fitzmaurice Cast: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore

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Overview

"So much for Carlotta" muses the head of German Espionage (Lewis Stone), shortly after secret agent Karen Morley is put to death. Morley's successor is exotic dancer Mata Hari (Greta Garbo), an enigmatic woman of Javanese-Dutch ancestry who seldom thinks twice about luring some poor swain to his doom. Assigned to intercept allied war messages, Mata Hari romances garrolous-general Lionel Barrymore. She falls in love for the first and only time in her life when she meets dazzlingly handsome lieutenant Ramon Novarro. Barrymore finds out about the affair and threatens to expose both Mata and Novarro as spies, whereupon Ms. Hari shoots Barrymore dead. She arranges for Novarro to leave the country lest he be implicated in the murder. He is subsequently blinded in an airplane crash, setting the stage for Garbo's now-famous "Let me be your eyes" scene. Mata Hari is tried and sentenced to death, but is permitted a few final precious moments with Novarro, allowing him to go on believing that he is in a military hospital rather than a prison cell, and that his beloved is dying of a mysterious ailment rather than facing a firing squad. The debate still rages among film buffs as to whether Greta Garbo does her own dancing in Mata Hari, or whether that's her double in the long shots. There is no question, however, that the condemned prisoner in the first reel who refuses to betray Mata to his captors is none other than Mischa Auer.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2019
UPC: 0883929690008
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 5,390

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Mata Hari
Ramon Novarro Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
Lionel Barrymore Gen. Serge Shubin
Lewis Stone Andriani
C. Henry Gordon Dubois
Karen Morley Carlotta
Alec B. Francis Maj. Caron
Blanche Frederici Sister Angelica
Edmund Breese Warden
Helen Jerome Eddy Sister Genevieve
Frank Reicher The Cook-Spy
Mischa Auer Condemned Man
Harry Cording Ivan
Cecil Cunningham Gambler
Gordon de Main Aide
Sarah Padden Sister Theresa
Michael Visaroff Orderly
Reginald Barlow Actor
Frederick Burton Actor

Technical Credits
George Fitzmaurice Director,Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Doris Anderson Screenwriter
Leo Birinsky Screenwriter
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Gilbert Emery Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Benjamin Glazer Screenwriter
Frank Sullivan Editor
Irving G. Thalberg Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mata Hari
1. Credits [:51]
2. Firing Squad [3:27]
3. Mata Hari's Dance [3:49]
4. Military In Her Thrall [5:40]
5. Pavilion Intrigue [2:16]
6. Andriani Insists [4:06]
7. Bedtime [3:12]
8. Last Night's Fool [2:23]
9. Her Well - Known Secret [5:09]
10. Insolent Interloper [3:46]
11. Evasive Maneuvers [3:30]
12. Love Comes First [5:30]
13. Stolen Secrets [2:15]
14. Gone In The Morning [3:50]
15. Dispensing With Carlotta [4:21]
16. We Older Men [2:54]
17. Driven To Kill [5:18]
18. Go Now, Alexis [3:45]
19. Only Way To Resign [2:47]
20. Eyes For Alexis [4:57]
21. Sentenced To Die [5:00]
22. Honest Love [3:43]
23. Last Embrace [2:39]
24. Goodbye, My Beloved [3:16]

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