The Films of Greta Garbo
- By Yiannakis Ioannides -

Here is Garbo's complete filmography with it's original release titles; it does also include her appearences in promotional/ advertising films or as an extra. The list does not include the film A Man's Man!

This American production from 1929 is not a real “Garbo” film. However, many biographers and film historians include this film in Garbo's Filmography. The sequence included in this movie was News-reel footage, filmed from the Flesh and the Devil movie premiere.

Garbo starred in a total of 33 Film Productions from 1920-1942, if you include the three promotional/advertising films, the two films she appeared as an extra and the German version of Anna Christie.



Herrskapet Stockholm ute på inkop (Sweden 1920) - advertising film
En Lyckoriddare (Sweden 1921) - appear as extra
Konsumtionsföreningen Stockholm med omnejd (Sweden 1921) - promotional film
Karlekens Ögon ( Sweden 1922) - appear as extra
Sverige och svenska industrier (Sweden 1922) advertising/ promotional film
Luffar-Petter (Sweden 1922) - Greta

The silents

Gösta Berlings Saga (Sweden 1924) - Countess Elisabeth Dohna
Die freudlose Gasse (Germany 1925) - Greta Rumfort
The Torrent (USA 1926) - Leonora Moreno aka Elena de Torre Bianca aka La Brunna
The Temptress (USA 1926) - Elena
Flesh and the Devil (USA 1926) - Felicitas von Eltz
Love (USA 1927) - Anna Karenina
The Divine Woman (USA 1928) - Marianne
The Mysterious Lady ( USA 1928) - Tania Fedorova
A Woman of Affairs (USA 1928) - Diana Merrick Furness
Wild Orchids (USA 1929) - Lillie Sterling
The Single Standard (USA 1929) - Arden Stuart Hewlett
The Kiss (USA 1929) - Madame Irene Guarry

The Talkies

Anna Christie (USA 1930) - Anna Christopherson aka Anna Christie
Romance (USA 1930) - Madame Rita Cavallini
Anna Christie (USA 1930) (German) - Anna Christopherson aka Anna Christie
Inspiration (USA 1931) - Yvonne Valbret
Susan Lenox – Her Fall and Rise (USA 1931) - Helga aka Susan Lennox
Mata Hari (USA 1931) - Mata Hari
Grand Hotel (USA 1932) - Madame Grusinskaja aka Elisaveta Alexandrowna Grusinskaja
As You Desire Me (USA 1932) - Zara aka Maria Varelli
Queen Christina (USA 1933) - Queen Christina of Sweden
The Painted Veil (USA 1934) - Katrin Koerber Fane
Anna Karenina (USA 1935) - Anna Karenina
Camille (USA 1936) - Marguerite Gautier
Conquest (USA 1937) - Countess Marie Walewska
Ninotchka (USA 1939) - Nina Ivanovna Yakuschowa aka Ninotschka
Two-Faced Woman (USA 1941) - Karin Borg Blake aka Katherine Borg


Garbo - The greatest film actress, star and icon of all times

How did Greta Gustafson become Greta Garbo the Divine, the greatest film actress, star and icon of all times? To answer this is like trying to solve the riddle of the sphinx Garbo's impact is to be experienced through her films.

The first images miraculously preserved for posterity showing Miss Gustafson in a series of advertising films she made while she worked at the PUB department store in Sweden certainly do not predict her illustrious career in Hollywood when in the 1920s and 1930s she became the most famous woman in the world.

Was it pure luck or ambition, a unique combination of genius, beauty and personality that led to her transformation to the ultimate icon and actress world cinema has ever seen? Was it her encounter with the hypnotic personality of Mauritz Stiller who moulded her into his whims and wishes in her first important part in Gösta Berling Saga (The Saga of Gösta Berling) to create the ideal woman the film world was eagerly waiting for?

Garbo in Gösta Berling Saga (Sweden 1924)

Either with the help of great directors and cinematographers or producers the young actress constantly constructed and reconstructed herself in order to attain the impossible, become the Divine. And she did achieve the impossible thus becoming Garbo the Divine.

From the graceful Elizabeth Dohna in Gösta Berling saga, to the tender Grete in Pabst's Die freudlose Gasse (The Street of Sorrow), to her first American roles in The Torrent and The Temptress audiences can still witness the extraordinary transformation of a hesitant butterfly to the ultimate goddess of world cinema.

Garbo in Die freudlose Gasse (Germany 1925)

She redefined the image of womanhood with her passionate partnership with John Gilbert in Flesh and the Devil. Here was a passionate, strong and vulnerable woman who could appeal both to men as well as women. She pleaded for sympathy and understanding creating a more sympathetic and complex persona as Anna Karenina in the silent film Love. She exuded a breathtaking sensuality and intelligence as a spy in love in The Mysterious Lady. She recreated the modern heroine tragic, strong and ultimately romantic in A Woman of Affairs.

Garbo in Flesh and the Devil (USA 1926)

Her rich contralto voice first heard by the entire world in Anna Christie sent shivers to spectators all around the world. Whether as the androgynous Queen Christina, or the tragic Anna Karenina, the innocent and sensual Susan Lennox opposite the young Clark Gable, or the ultimate Lady of the Camellias of all times Garbo created an unforgettable palette of characters which firmly established her as the greatest actress of the screen. In her last and unjustly panned film Two-Faced Woman she even danced the chica-choca with enchanting energy and innocence with not a single ounce of vulgarity.

Garbo in Camille (USA 1936)

She gave as an ultimate gift as an actress with the screen tests she made in 1949 for a doomed project which became a great illusion for Balzac's novel La Duchesse de Langeais where she apperaed more beautiful, carefree and mature than ever.

Garbo's Screen-test (USA 1949)

In those last precious moments as well as every time we see her magical figure on the screen we realize her full potential and what made her so special for her admirers. She was all things to men, women and children. Enigmatic Mona Lisa, humble and queenly, motherly figure, courtesan, woman in love, modern, romantic, tragic, utterly human and yet distant, vulnerable and strong. Divine for all eternity.





Karen Swenson – A life Apart
Barry Paris – Garbo
IMDB – International Movie Database
plus many other books, magazines and internet sites.



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