which I loved a year ago, as per my post here, see Garbo label, and I now think everything about MATA HARI in 1931 is utterly fantastic: the art design, her odd but mesmerising dance with the giant statue, Ramon Novarro, her stunning outfits, and that ending as she faces the execution squad ..... its amazing the number of different posters in various colours that are still around. Jeanne Moreau's MATA HARI AGENT H21 in 1964 though very different is rather dull by comparison!
TWO FACED WOMAN shows how she could have developed and looked as the 1940s progressed - just as Marilyn's uncompleted SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE fragments show how that now slimline Marilyn could have dazzled as the '60s unfolded .... At least Greta (1905-1990) lived out her life as she wanted .... those late '40s photos by Cecil Beaton show she was still a stunning woman then, below. More on Greta, and that usually overlooked PAINTED VEIL at label. Even the very name 'Garbo' summons up unfathomable mystery and unattainable glamour ...
Below Right: a laserdisc (remember those?) of MATA HARI & THE PAINTED VEIL!
Below Left: Moreau as Mata:
Soon: Another look at Marlene's 1932 BLONDE VENUS and THE SCARLET EMPRESS, 1934. More 1930s delirium !