Friday, February 4, 2011
both sides now
the name mata hari is legendary. when ingrid bergman haplessly said, "she made love for the papers" in hitchcock's 'notorious' we knew what she meant. there she was, trying to prove to new love cary grant that she was a reformed party girl, only to find her first assignment as a spy for the government meant sleeping with the enemy.
bergman is beyond beautiful in that movie. garbo as 'mata hari' was stunning. mata hari herself was a knockout.
the facts: Mata Hari was the stage name of Margaretha Geertruida "Grietje" Zelle MacLeod (7 August 1876, Leeuwarden – 15 October 1917, Vincennes), a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who, although possibly innocent, was executed by firing squad in France for espionage for Germany during World War I.
the word 'possibly' hurts.
images: world war propaganda poster/mata hari/garbo (with ramon navarro) in the film version.