As You Desire Me (1932)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This complex '30s film is based upon a play by Pirandello which involved a hapless amnesiac. In As You Desire Me, the legendary Greta Garbo plays a down-in-the-dumps amnesiac (she can't recall who her husband is) who ends up singing in a low-life nightclub and putting up with the advances of a cruel and crude novelist (Eric von Stroheim). She'd have remained in this miserable state were it not for the fact that she's recognized and returned to her true husband, who's a nobleman loyally in love with her. Her former suitor von Stroheim shows up trying to expose her as a fraud and regain her as his captive.

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abuse, identity-crisis, spouse, amnesia, aristocracy, atrocity, con/scam, contract, gambling, gangster, love, physical-abuse, rape, revenge, romance, songwriter, spouse-abuse, war, witness, writing