GARBO TALKS (1984) 7TWO, 2PM, PG, COM­EDY

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All her life, the vol­u­ble, vig­or­ous and sharp-tongued Estelle Rolfe (Anne Ban­croft) has adored Greta Garbo. For the di­vorced mother-of-one, a good, noisy, bed­time cry over an old Garbo movie is bet­ter than a sleep­ing pill. When Estelle dis­cov­ers she is dy­ing she ac­cepts the fact sto­ically (“I know ev­ery­body’s got to die but I really thought I was go­ing to be the ex­cep­tion’’), but has one last re­quest – to meet Garbo. Her son Gil­bert (Ron Sil­ver) does ev­ery­thing in his power to oblige her. His search for some­one to lead him to the reclu­sive star pro­vides 100 min­utes of slick, funny, episodic ac­tion. Among the se­ries of New York ec­centrics who may be able to in­tro­duce Gil­bert to Garbo, Hermione Gin­gold is out­stand­ing. As an age­ing ac­tress hav­ing trou­ble with her lines (or the bot­tle) she pro­vides the vi­tal clue. Garbo Talks is a well-made com­edy with an un­der-layer of pathos. It is full of clever one-lin­ers and skil­ful cameo per­for­mances, and Ban­croft is ex­cel­lent. ★★★

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