Greta Garbo Documentary Coming With Previously Unseen Footage

AS YOU DESIRE ME, Greta Garbo, portrait by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1932
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Greta Garbo was an iconic actress, best known for her beautiful silent films and later on several color movies. She worked steadily in the 1920s and ’30s and then unexpectedly walked away from it all in the early ’40s. The star then lived a very private life until her death in 1990 from renal failure and pneumonia. Her rise to fame and then shunning of it all has been talked about around the world and will now be explored in a new documentary by Embankment Films.

Garbo: Leave Me Alone will share previously unseen archive material including personal photographs and letters written by Garbo. The film will be directed by Lorna Tucker, who also worked on a documentary called Call Me Kate, about Katharine Hepburn which received some rave reviews.

Actress Greta Garbo (1905 - 1990) Wearing Black Beret, circa 1930

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In addition to new material, drama vignettes will bring the story to life. Producer Nick Taussig explained, “You basically had a young woman living in relative poverty in Sweden who ended up a queen of Hollywood for a period of time, which is extraordinary. There was no privilege, and I think, for us, it’s very much about trying to tell that, it’s about that story of her rise.”

circa 1935: Greta Garbo (1905 - 1990), stage name of Greta Gustaffson, the Swedish-American actress noted for her retirement at the height of her fame

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Garbo appeared in big films such as Anna Karenina, Camille, and Anna Christie. She received four Academy Award nominations and could have worked for many, many years. However, at age 35, she decided to retire and never acted again. Over the years, she has been a feature of many documentaries, so it will be interesting to see how this one differs, especially with the new materials.

The film will reportedly be released in theaters at the end of this year. Would you be interested in watching this documentary? We will keep you posted on any additional details and the theatrical and streaming release dates.

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