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You can keep your Fifty Shades of Grey mum-porn. One of Hollywood’s greatest stars, Greta Garbo is an irredeemable femme fatale in a raunchy (by 1920s standards) romantic melodrama, showing at the Star and Shadow on Sunday 8th February. And there is nary a sex dungeon in sight; Flesh and the Devil is a classy affair, in which the ravishing Garbo has sex appeal to spare (and then some).

The screen vixen dominates opposite charismatic leading man John Gilbert. In this case no romantic ‘faking-it’ was necessary; the chemistry was very much for real, with the legendary couple embroiled in a fiery love affair at this time (however as Gilbert’s career collapsed in the 1930s, Garbo’s soared). The fictional duo’s romance is complicated by Gilbert’s character’s childhood friend, played by Lars Hanson , who turns up to throw a spanner in the works.

Bolstered by strong direction from Clarence Brown, Flesh and the Devil was a turning point for Garbo – with it she became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood up to that time. This steamy silent will, as with the rest of the Resounding Silents season, be accompanied by a live score (soon to be confirmed on the Star and Shadow website). Put the date in your diary; Miss Garbo will see you now.

Flesh and the Devil screens at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, on Sunday 8th February.

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