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Two Faced Woman-Garbo's Last Film
- Bruce Reber
"Two Faced Woman" (MGM 1941) was screen legend Greta Garbo's final film, a mixed bag of romance and both sophisticated and screwball comedy. For some mysterious reason MGM wanted to tweak her image in order to make her more appealing to American audiences. Garbo's films had always done well in Europe, but with the outbreak of WW2 that market had suddenly dried up for all American films. The studio felt that by Americanizing her that it would help build more of an audience for Garbo in the States, where her films hadn't been doing very well. That strategy failed miserably, and TFW effectively ended her career after all the great films she made during the 30's, i.e. "Grand Hotel", "Queen Christina", "Camille" and "Ninotchka". TFW bombed so much with audiences and critics that it's considered arguably Garbo's worst film. The cast also features Melvyn Douglas, Constance Bennett and Ruth Gordon, all directed by George Cukor. TFW has a somewhat ridiculous premise to begin with (a woman posing as her twin to win back her husband) and a subpar script that strains for laughs but falls flat on its face. Garbo really looks out of place in TFW, and that dance she does (the Chiki-Chika, or whatever it's called) is maybe the only funny scene in the whole film. If MGM had just left well enough alone and let Garbo keep on doing what she did best, maybe her film career would have gone on much farther than it did and she would have done many more great films.
I want to be alone with Greta.
Garbo is woefully miscast in this "sophisticated screwball comedy". The script should have been rewritten to showcase her area of expertise, a romantic drama. Constance Bennett would have been a better choice for this movies title character. The supporting cast of Douglas, Young and especially Bennett manage to save this movie. You'd think the studios would have realized Greta's limitations after her cardboard performance in Ninotchka, (another film saved by Douglas and a great cast).Also, Melvyn Douglas' stunt-double should have received an award, or a medal.
Garbo as Lucy Ricardo
- Jarrod McDonald
The premise would've worked better for someone like Lucille Ball. As screwball comedies go, this one is especially absurd, though humorous in spots-- but certainly not something that should've been attempted with Garbo, who is out of her element here. The supporting cast is well chosen, notably Constance Bennett. The picture has the usual high-gloss MGM production values. Overall, a mediocre script that seems more like a B-film that has been oversold. Garbo deserved better, and so do her fans. Worth watching but not a befitting motion picture swan song for a legend.
I'm glad to see that others enjoy this film - and Garbo's performance - as much as I. It has long been disparaged as stupid and her performance as unconvincing, but personally I think she's absolutely delightful, a wonderful comedienne. The scene where she does "La Chica-Choca" is especially clever. It's great to see her having fun and dancing with a winning smile. Lots of good scenes. And actually I think she did her own skiing for the film.
We want the uncensored version
Excellent movie, despite having received devastating criticism. I think that Greta Garbo is magnificent, as usual, I think she showed that she could play both drama and comedy with the same ease and charisma. We look forward to the DVD release, but we want to see the uncensored version, PLEASE!
Two-Faced Woman (1941)
- James Higgins
This notorious flop really is quite good. Greta Garbo is always worth watching and frequent co-star Melvyn Douglas does a fine job. Well written, good costumes, typical high MGM production standards. Garbo's last film.
Two Faced Man?
I think if this movie were called the Two Faced Man it would give away the ending. I didn't tune in in time to see the whole movie; only caught the last 45 min. or so, but it was great, so fun. Garbo is a great comedienne as well as dramatic actress. (I watched Mata Hari earlier today.) I loved the ski scenes at the end and couldn't help but wonder who did the skiing. Did Garbo do her own? What a talent!! I see the credits here on TCM list a male skier. Altogether great movie!! Wish it was available on home video.
GRETA GARBO - A DELIGHT TO BEHOLD
What a whirlwind romance, with lifelong results! In watching Melvyn Douglas as Mr. Blake it appears that the movie title should really be called "Two Faced Man". At the close of the show, I still wonder about his relationship with Griselda?? Greta Garbo was a pleasure to watch in both roles. The talented skiing instructor on the slopes and then a dazzling dressed up lady about town.