The Torrent

The Torrent

Director: Monta Bell Cast: Ricardo Cortez, Greta Garbo, Gertrude Olmstead


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The Vincent Blasco-Ibanez novel Entre Naranjos served as the inspiration for Greta Garbo's first American film, The Torrent. Garbo plays Leonora, a full-bodied Spanish peasant girl who falls in love with her landlord's son Don Rafael Bull (Ricardo Cortez). To prevent his son from marrying beneath his station, Don Rafael's father banishes Leonora from his property. She relocates in Paris, where she achieves fame and fortune as an opera singer, while back at home Don Rafael becomes a prominent politician. When Leonora returns home, she spurns his offers of marriage, even during a raging flood in which her life is in Don Rafael's hands. After this spectacular sequence, the film's surprisingly unhappy ending seems anticlimactic. Garbo's lover-mentor Mauritz Stiller had originally been slated to direct The Torrent, but at the last minute MGM opted for house director Monta Bell. Whether or not Stiller could have compensated for the script's more ludicrous passages is open to conjecture: Suffice to say that, without Garbo's presence, The Torrent would have been just so much Spanish applesauce.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2011
UPC: 0883316276617
Original Release: 1926
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 29,977

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ricardo Cortez Don Rafael Bruli
Greta Garbo Leonora
Gertrude Olmstead Rernedios
Edward Connelly Pedro Boreno
Lucien Littlefield Cupido
Martha Mattox Dona Bernarda Brull
Lucy Beaumont Dona Pepa
Mack Swain Don Andreas
Arthur Edmund Carewe Don Mattias
Lucy Bennett Actor
Tully Marshall Actor

Technical Credits
Monta Bell Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Dorothy Farnum Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Set Decoration/Design
Merrill Pye Set Decoration/Design
Frank Sullivan Editor

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