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Anna Christie (1930)

A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Frances Marion (adapted by), Eugene O'Neill (from play "Anna Christie")
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Anna Christie
Charles Bickford ... Matt Burke
George F. Marion ... Chris Christopherson
Marie Dressler ... Marthy
James T. Mack James T. Mack ... Johnny the Harp
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Larry the Bartender
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Storyline

In New York, the alcoholic skipper of a coal barge Chris Christofferson receives a letter from his estranged twenty year old daughter Anna "Christie" Christofferson telling that she will leave Minnesota to stay with him. Chris left Anna fifteen years ago to the countryside to be raised by relatives in a farm in St. Paul and he has never visited his daughter. Anna Christie arrives and she is a wounded woman with a hidden dishonorable past since she had worked for two years in a brothel to survive. She moves to the barge to live with her father and one night, Chris rescues the sailor Matt and two other fainted sailors from the sea. Soon Anna and Matt fall in love with each other and Anna has the best days of her life. But when Matt proposes to marry her, she is reluctant and also haunted by her past. Matt insists and Anna opens her heart to Matt and to her father disclosing the darks secrets of her past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna Kurisuti See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$376,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,013,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$486,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The Broadway play "Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill opened at the Vanderbilt Theater in New York on 2 November 1921 and ran for 177 performances. George F. Marion (Chris) and James T. Mack (Johnny) originated their movie roles in the play. Marion also starred in the earlier silent movie version Anna Christie (1923). To date, the play has been revived 3 times, most recently in 1993 with Natasha Richardson as Anna, Rip Torn as Chris, Liam Neeson as Matt and Anne Meara as Marthy. See more »

Quotes

Marthy Owens: Well, I like your nerve, alright, alright. Huh! Gee, I'm, I'm sorry I came here to speak to you. Huh! Insulting me! Ha-ha. Well, can you beat it? Ha-ha. I'll be toddlin' along.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released a silent version with titles by Madeleine Ruthven. See more »


Soundtracks

In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Lyrics by Ren Shields
Played and sung on a gramophone and by Marie Dressler
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Redemption Through Love
4 November 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the alcoholic skipper of a coal barge Chris Christofferson (George F. Marion) receives a letter from his estranged twenty year old daughter Anna "Christie" Christofferson (Greta Garbo) telling that she will leave Minnesota to stay with him. Chris left Anna fifteen years ago to the countryside to be raised by relatives in a farm in St. Paul and he has never visited his daughter.

Anna Christie arrives and she is a wounded woman with a hidden dishonorable past since she had worked for two years in a brothel to survive. She moves to the barge to live with her father and one night, Chris rescues the sailor Matt (Charles Bickford) and two other fainted sailors from the sea. Soon Anna and Matt fall in love with each other and Anna has the best days of her life. But when Matt proposes to marry her, she is reluctant and also haunted by her past. Matt insists and Anna opens her heart to Matt and to her father disclosing the darks secrets of her past.

"Anna Christie" is the first talkie of Greta Garbo and a heartbreaking story of a young woman that finds redemption through love. I bought the DVD with both versions of 1930 and 1931, and the version in English is restored and has additional scenes in the beginning and in the ending; however, Jacques Feyder's version in German is better than Clarence Brown's. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Anna Christie"


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