Society & Culture

Greta Garbo won’t talk in Brandon

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The silent MGM film “Wild Orchids” (1929), a romantic thriller starring Greta Garbo, will be screened with live music at the Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, located at 1 Conant Sq. (U.S. Route 7) in Brandon, Saturday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.

Brandon has recently become Vermont’s “capital” for the revival in interest in silent films by both students and film fans. Live music will be provided by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis. Admission is free; donations are encouraged, with all proceeds supporting the ongoing restoration of Brandon Town Hall. The screening is sponsored by local residents Tracy Holden and Kirk Thomas.

A Greta Garbo website describes the film as “Exotic fare in which Garbo plays a bored housewife trying to regain the affections of her disinterested husband (Lewis Stone). A trip to the Orient and an invitation to the palace of a handsome Javanese man (Nils Asther) could spell trouble for the unhappy wife. This film is mostly notable for an elaborate outfit (a prelude to Mata Hari) and a sexy dance she does to seduce her husband.”


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