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  • director: George Fitzmaurice
  • art direction: Cedric Gibbons
  • format: Black & White
  • written by: Benjamin Glazer, Leo Birinsk
  • principal cast:
    Greta Garbo (Mata Hari )
    Ramon Novarro (Lt. Alexis Rosanoff)
    Lionel Barrymore (Gen. Serge Shubin)
    Lewis Stone (Andriani, Pavillion Owner)
    C. Henry Gordon (Dubois, French Secret Service)
    Karen Morley (Carlotta, German Agent)
    Alec B. Francis (Major Caron, Mata's Lawyer)
    Blanche Frederici (Sister Angelica)
    Edmund Breese (Warden)
    Helen Jerome Eddy (Sister Genevieve)
    Frank Reicher (The Cook/Spy (German Capt.))
    Mischa Auer (Firing squad victim)
    Roy Barcroft (Extra)
    Reginald Barlow (Bit part)
    Michael Visaroff (Rosanoff's Orderly)
    Frederick Burton (Bit part)
    Chester Clute (German Agent in Alexis' Appartment)
    Harry Cording (Ivan, Shubin's servant)
    Gordon De Main (Aide)
    Sarah Padden (Nursing Sister Teresa)
    Cecil Cunningham (Andriani's servant)
    Maude Turner Gordon (Madame Durand)
  • released: 1931

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  • Mata Hari: a Russian spy, use her immaculate beuty to seduce men of importance, and steals documents from them. She seems fearless in her work, and convinced she can lure the whole world. Then she falls in love with Alexis, a lieutenant, and stars to get sloppy. People start to suspect her real nature, and set up a trap to catch her. In the meantime, Alexis in badly hurt in a accedent, and is blinded. Mata Hari is taken to court, and is sentenced to death by hanging. Mata Hari, now in despair doesn't want her true love to know the truth, and tells him she's ill and has to go through a though operation. The last scene shows Mata Hari walking to the place of the hanging.

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  • Garbo gives a haunting performance as Mata Hari, and it's only too bad the script wasn't better. Garbo is at her most beautiful in Mata Hari. And it is her beauty in this picture people remeber, rather than the storyline.

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  • Mata Hari is based on the real story about Russian spy Mata Hari. But the screenplay- writers seems to have forgotten what an interesting woman the real Mata Hari was, and made her a dull woman with only cliches coming from her mouth.

  • Mata Hari was one of Garbo's biggest box- office hits. People ran to the thatres to see Garbo dance exoticly in the opening scenes

  • Later, when Mata Hari was re- relesed in 1935, the film was cut, and many of the best scenes, as the opening, no longer exist.

  • Arguably, the most famous series of portraits taken of Garbo was made for the promotion of Mata Hari. The photograper was Garbo's own fave, Clarence Sinclair Bull.

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    The Real Mata Hari

    Mata Hari

  • Born Geertrude Margarete Zelle, Mata Hari had a happy childhood with a doting father. All that ended when the town's economy collapsed--he took off; shortly after her mother died. The parentless, seventeen-year old got a job at a school training to become a teacher but was scandalously released after an affair with the headmaster. The only option was marriage, and enter Rudolph MacLeod, a dashing army officer old enough to be her father. After the marriage the couple was stationed at Malaysia. It was here that Mata Hari was born.

    Unfortunately, Rudolph was a wife-beating, drinking, womanizing tyrant who became enraged at the attention his handsome wife attracted. Geertrude took solace in the enchanting Malay culture--their people, language, and dance, the latter which would change the course of her life dramatically years later. The natives called her mata hari--it meant eye of dawn.

    Tragedy struck when their two children were poisoned by an enemy of Rudolph; their daughter survived but the son died, after which Geertrude came down with typhoid. The ordeal of being a beaten wife, losing her child, and surviving illness gave her inner strength and she divorced Rudolph, even if it meant never seeing her daughter again.

    The divorcee headed for the anything-goes city of Paris and found her calling in eastern dance when the dark-haired, exotic looking woman convinced a wealthy collector she was a Hindu princess and dancer; a performance was arranged and Mata Hari became the toast of Paris. She also took on the role of celebrated courtesan with extremely wealthy, highly positioned men which led to her becoming a "spy" when WWI erupted.

    At this time she inconveniently fell in love for the first time with a Russian pilot young enough to be her son. Through a complex series of machiavellian maneuvers, Mata Hari became a scapegoat as the perfect target to put on very public display as an example of wartime treason. In what has to be among the most dramatic endings to a dramatic life, Mata Hari was executed by firing squad toward the end of WWI. In true theatrical fashion, the smartly dressed woman bravely refused a blindfold, thanked her executioners, and smiled.

    She was only 41.

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