4 March

The Mysterious Lady (Dir. Fred Niblo, US, 1928) (Screening format – not known, 96mins) In turn of the century Vienna,  Captain Karl von Raden (Conrad Nagel)  shares a box at the opera with a gorgeous woman (Greta Garbo). Karl gives her a ride home  and they spend the night together and the following day. But then Karl is assigned to deliver secret plans to the German government. The chief of the Austrian secret service advises Karl the woman with whom he had spent the previous day is the notorious Russian spy Tania Fedorova. On his journey, Tania meets Karl to tell that she is in love with him, but he rejects her telling that he knows who she is. But the next morning he wakes up and the secret papers are gone…. Find out more at garboforever.com .   Also being screened is the single surviving reel from Garbo’s 1928 film The Divine Woman (Dir. Victor Sjostrom),  Find out more at wikipedia.org   With live musical accompaniment from the  Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis.   Royal Festival Hall, London  Link





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