Film - Feature | December 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In a masterpiece of set design and art decoration, director Edmund Goulding creates an atmosphere at once intensely realistic and allegorical. The claustrophobic picture of European grandeur in its last, pre-fascist gasps is enhanced by the ensemble cast: Greta Garbo as a world-weary prima donna; Joan Crawford as a sensuous stenographer with an eye on Wallace Beerys pocketbook; Lionel Barrymore as a bookkeeper exploring the potentials of his terminal illness; and John Barrymore as a roguish baron who lightens Garbos load for a brief moment. Love, greed, death, cynicismnot in that orderintermingle freely within the rooms of the Grand Hotel, Berlin.
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