Film Show: Flesh and the Devil

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Date(s) - Tuesday 04/02/2020
7:00 pm - 10:15 pm

Primrose Hill Community Library


Tuesday 4 February Film Show

Primrose Hill Community Library Film Show presents


Garbo’s legendary silent classic

Flesh and the Devil

 Starring Greta Garbo & John Gilbert

Directed by Clarence Brown

USA   1926  113 minutes


Introduced by the celebrated film historian Kevin Brownlow

Greta Garbo and John Gilbert smoulder in this high-octane romance – perhaps unsurprisingly as during filming the couple began a passionate off-screen affair as well as being lovers on set.  Gilbert plays Leo, an army officer, who falls for Garbo’s beautiful Countess Felicitas.  This leads to her enraged husband challenging him to a duel in which Leo kills the Count.  Leo is sent to into exile as punishment and, in his absence, Felicitas marries his best friend Ulrich, whom Leo had asked to look after her.   However, when Leo finally returns after three years away, friendship and desire collide in a tempestuously emotional climax.

“A film of more than passing cleverness…the theme is sheer undiluted sex, and Brown uses a series of close-ups to get this across with considerable effect.”

Paul Rotha, The Film Till Now


Doors open 7.00pm, Introduction 7.45pm, Film 8.00pm        £8.00, in cash, including a glass of wine.   Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.