Scene from The Divine Woman


by Carl Davis

MGM (1928) Director: Victor Seastrom
Silent Film
3(II=picc).2(II=ca).3(III=Eb/bcl).2(II=cbsn) - 4331 - timp - perc(3) - pno(=cel) - harp - strings (mm
First Performance
FP: 21.02.1997, Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg, Luxembourg): Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

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Programme Notes
Starring: Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson Director: Victor Seastrom Production company: MGM USA, 1928 Duration: 9 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 24 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1996, Malmo International Film Festival 61 Players: 3(II=picc).2(II=ca).3(III=Eb/bcl).2(II=cbsn) - 4331 - timp - perc(3) - pno(=cel) - harp - strings (mm This 9-minute fragment from Greta Garbo's famous 'lost' film was discovered in 1995, in a Moscow archive, by the Swedish film historian Bo Berglund. Berglund immediately recognised that the scene, from early in the film, can stand alone. In it the heroine Marianne, played here by an uncharacteristically extrovert Garbo, is entertaining her lover Lucien, a French Foreign Legionnaire. Carmen-like, she persuades him to stay the night with her rather than report for duty. Telling close-ups of Lucien show that he is doomed. Davis's score makes use of the French legionnaires' March of the Foreign Legion. The scene makes an ideal 'opener', in particular for Flesh and the Devil for which the scoring is the same.

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