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Christians for Flesh & the Devil
- Will Fox
GG: an unknown, Swedish immigrant ingenue's initial impression introduces, illuminates, inspires, ignites inveigling intrigues, iconically in 1926 and for decades. Garbo's money motive materializes 50 minutes into film. Then the narrator, the Pastor, as wise elder explains with an elaborate pipe, puffing protocol, preferring abstinence. (But, doesn't absence make the heart grow fonder? Film's femme fatale, Felicitas is ironically named for felicity. As actions speak louder than words, her adulteress-tigress' tempting, torrid trysts are at the other end of the loyalty spectrum.) Then in church Pastor begins his Sunday sermon on "Love Thy Neighbor" until recognizing backsliders in audience. Sermon scrunching ensues earnestly. Pastor immediately switches, impromptu to King David's infatuation with his top General Uriah's wife, nubile Bathsheba. Devil's fleshy temptation leads to conspiracy and murder. Congregation cringes. Felicitas swoons in church, then rebounds, covetously clinging to the Holy Communion chalice, sensuously sipping sacramental wine more like Bacchus, than a repenting sinner. (She is a prideful, irrepressible temptress, deserving her chilling, concluding comeuppance.) Any intelligent Christian, who understand the profound significance of Holy Communion, etc. may appreciate the levels of symbolism. Great Christian apologists, Pastor Francis Schaeffer and son-in-law, Pastor Udo Middleman, globally respected missionaries to the world would endorse seeing and analyzing "Flesh & the Devil," presenting perennially appropriate applications of the Gospel: Love Your Neighbor, forgiveness, redemption, and the efficacy of prayer. Demonstrated very believably. Sublime cinematography for morality. Perfect prototype previews performances for decades.
Blushing in the dark
- Don Letta
Never have I seen a more blatantly sexual scene in a GP film, as the communion scene in FLESH AND THE DEVIL.I actually blushed the first time I saw it.
Flesh and the Devil
I love this film -the fire Garbo and Gilbert made together make me I feel like I am spying on them! It is everything a silent film should be-beautiful to look at and well acted.
silent screen magic
Mesmerizing! Intoxicating! thanks due principally to the magical Garbo, but I also love all the imagery and ambiguities that send one's imagination in directions well beyond the actual plotline.
Flesh and The Devil(1926)
A Must See Film ! Rarely do silent films reach the cinematic high that "Flesh and The Devil" delivers ! Without sound, Garbo, Gilbert and crew powerfully sculpt one of the greatest silent films of all time! Skillfully directed by Clarence Brown, and stylishly made, this is morality tale of a man who loses his soul. Gilbert nevers has a chance as he is seduced by a married woman Felicita(Garbo) and hen has to defend his honor to a duel with her husband. Gilbert , the complete tool, has to make amends to the sevice with a 5 year tour in Africa, to fulfill his military duty. After 3 years he gets a reprieve, only to find that Garbo has married his best friend Ulrich(Lars Hanson). Never before have I seen the complete cast dominate a film by mere expression, The ability to convey their feelings is beyond description, This film delivers, and how. I have never seen lust during communion , but , there it is. WOW! See for yourself, a triumph of the screen for the ages ! Truly a Classic, in every sense. ! 5 out of 5 stars !
Flesh and the Devil (1926)
- Jay Higgins
Greta Garbo is radiant in this excellent silent drama. She is such a charismatic actress. Excellent cinematography. Her rapport with frequent co-star John Gilbert is clearly evident.
What a pipe
Final line:I mean the one he smokes.
WHAT A PIPE!!!
And i'm not refering to the pastors'organ.