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Inspiration (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 31 January 1931 (USA)
Yvonne is a beautiful model who loves frequenting the Parisian bohemian life, because she loves hobnobbing with artists.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writer:

Gene Markey (dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Garbo ... Yvonne Valbret
Robert Montgomery ... André Montell
Lewis Stone ... Raymond Delval
Marjorie Rambeau ... Lulu
Judith Vosselli ... Odette
Beryl Mercer ... Marthe, Yvonne's Maid
John Miljan ... Henry Coutant, the Sculptor
Edwin Maxwell ... Uncle Julian Montell
Oscar Apfel ... M. Vignaud
Joan Marsh ... Madeleine Dorety
Zelda Sears ... Aunt Pauline
Karen Morley ... Liane Latour
Gwen Lee ... Gaby
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... Jouvet, the Artist
Arthur Hoyt ... Gavarni
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Yvonne is a beautiful model who loves frequenting the Parisian bohemian life, because she loves hobnobbing with artists.

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Taglines:

...Burning Lips...Glittering Gowns...Champagne...Paris...Life...Joy. The Kind of a Drama You Have Been Waiting to See and Hear. (Print ad)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Release of the movie was delayed because of a lawsuit Pathé brought against MGM. Although the novel by Alphonse Daudet was in public domain in the USA, it was still under copyright protection in Europe. Pathé won the lawsuit. See more »

Quotes

André Montell: But I'm doing all the talking - please lets talk about you.
Yvonne Valbret: There isn't much to tell - I'm just a nice young woman - not too young, and not too nice - I hope!
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Connections

Version of Sapho (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)
Written by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Joan Marsh
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Quintessential Garbo
6 April 2016 | by federovskySee all my reviews

Cocktail circuit coquette trades in her lavish lifestyle for the sake of a more genuine attachment, the pursuit of which only seems to involve compromise, disappointment and despair. It's a philosophical little film suffused with romantic melancholy.

There are more famous films where Garbo says she wants to be alone, and where she laughs, but she does both here too. There's little in the way of action but it has a pleasing lilt as it shifts from high glamour to an almost expressionist gloom.

Two fine contrasting scenes - a sunny breakfast in the park and a snowy night - capture the mood of the transition between hope and resignation - and we get to see Garbo go from some of Adrian's most impressive creations to a dishevelled dressing gown.

Was saving this for a sleepless night and it went down a treat in the small hours when it was just me and the night and Garbo.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspiration See more »

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Budget:

$438,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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