Flesh and the Devil


by Carl Davis

MGM (1926) Director: Clarence Brown
Silent Film
3(=picc).2(II=ca).3(II=Ebcl.III=Ebcl+bcl).2(II=cbsn) -4.3.2.btrbn.1 - timps - perc(2): tam-t/susp.cym/cyms/SD/military drum/TD/BD/BD+cym/glsp/tgl/hand bell(station)/mark chimes/bell tree - pno(=organ+cel) - harp - strings (min
Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
1982, London

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Programme Notes
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert Director: Clarence Brown Production Company: MGM USA, 1926 Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 18-21 frames per second) Recorded for Video Flesh and the Devil was the first of five films in which Greta Garbo Co-starred with her real-life lover John Gilbert. Both on and off screen, theirs was one of Hollywood's greatest romances. Set in Prussia, the film is a melodrama of love, adultery, duels and retribution, based on Hermann Sudermann's novel The Undying Past. Davis uses rich scoring with echoes of I 9th-century German Romanticism to complement Garbo and Gilbert's on-screen romance. The glorious love theme, as heard for instance in the garden scene, is one of his finest creations.

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