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Inspiration (1931 film)

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Directed byClarence Brown
Written byGene Markey
Alphonse Daudet
Produced byIrving Thalberg
StarringGreta Garbo
Robert Montgomery
Lewis Stone
Marjorie Rambeau
Judith Vosselli
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byConrad A. Nervig
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 31, 1931 (1931-01-31) (United States)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States

Inspiration is a 1931 American pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer romantic melodrama film adapted by Gene Markey from the Alphonse Daudet short novel Sappho (1884). The film stars Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone and Marjorie Rambeau. It was directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Irving Thalberg. The cinematography was performed by William H. Daniels, the art direction by Cedric Gibbons and the costume design by Adrian.[1][2]


Lobby card for the film
Lobby card for the film

Yvonne Valbret is a Parisian kept woman who poses as an artist's model. She falls in love with a young student of foreign diplomacy, André Montell. When André learns of her past and her multiple lovers, he leaves her. But finding Yvonne living in poverty when their paths cross again, he pays for her to live in his country cottage outside Paris and they engage in a platonic relationship. He soon reveals his intent to marry another woman as Yvonne begs him not to desert her. André eventually realizes that he loves Yvonne and decides to choose love over career. When he comes to the cottage to tell her, he is met by one of Yvonne's old lovers pleading with her to return to him. She immediately decides to marry André, but fearing that their relationship will ruin his career, she chooses her old lover and writes André a farewell note while he is sleeping.



The film earned approximately $1,127,000 in its worldwide distribution, resulting in a $286,000 profit for MGM.[3]


  1. ^ Inspiration,; accessed August 5, 2015.
  2. ^ database
  3. ^ "Inspiration".

Further reading

  • Mark A. Vieira. Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2005; ISBN 0-8109-5897-X

External links

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