WOMEN OF CINEFAMILY PRESENTS: Garbo's Desert Island Discs (feat. "Ninotchka", hosted by Allison Anders and Illeana Douglas!)

Obsessive music fan/Don’t Knock The Rock curator Allison Anders recently acquired at auction a vinyl fetishist’s goldmine: a crate of records which belonged to the ever-reclusive Greta Garbo. In addition to writing a film on the subject of Garbo, Allison started a blog dedicated to the collection (http://gretasrecords.tumblr.com) — and tonight, she and pal Illeana Douglas (whose grandfather Melvyn worked on three of Garbo’s classics) share rare stories about the “Sphinx of Hollywood”, while Tiffany Anders spins from the record crate. Then we’ll screen of one of Garbo’s most iconic films, Ninotchka. In her penultimate role, Garbo takes a brilliant comedic turn as a stern, hard-line Communist diplomat landed in Paris to facilitate the sale of confiscated Tsarist jewels. Garbo’s deadpan, fiercely dedicated Red is hilariously unimpressed by the screwball decadence of Parisian life, until Melvyn as the charming Count Leon melts her Siberian heart, and she learns that capitalism may not be so bad after all. A huge success overseas during WWII, Ninotchka was (natch) banned by Russia.
Ninotchka Dir. Ernst Lubitsch, 1939, 35mm, 110 min.

Watch an excerpt from “Ninotchka”!
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