Anna Christie is a 1931 German language film adapted from the Eugene O’Neill play of the same title and filmed simultaneously with an English version released the previous year. Both versions feature leading actress Greta Garbo. This production was released in early 1931. Like its sister version, it was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The German version starred Garbo, Theo Shall, Hans Junkermann, and Salka Viertel. This version was adapted by Frances Marion and the dialogue written in German by Walter Hasenclever and Frank Reicher. It was directed by Jacques Feyder. This version was shot simultaneously with the English-language version, and used the same cinematographer, sets and costumes, but a different crew. Garbo was the only actress in both versions and noticeably differs in her appearance in the two versions. According to the 2005 DVD release of the film — which included both the English and German versions — Garbo much preferred the German version. —Wikipedia
A French film-maker of Belgian origins, born under the name of Jacques Frédérix in 1885. His family intended him to follow a military career, but he changed his name and chose first, the theater, and then the cinema in 1912. He debuted as a director with Gaumont in 1915. L’Atlantide brought him international fame in 1921. Thus started a cosmopolitan career with many ups and downs and films made in the studios of Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Los Angeles and London.
Returning to Paris from a disappointing stay in Hollywood, he found new inspiration with a series of films starring his talented wife, Françoise Rosay : Le Grand jeu (1934), Pension Mimosas and the famous Carnival in Flanders (1935). He died in Switzerland in 1948. —Octuor de France