Saturday, September 05, 2015

Camille (1936)

Camille is a 1936 George Cukor film starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, and Lionel Barrymore. It's based on the Alexandre Dumas novel. It opens with this writing on the screen:

In the gay half-world of Paris, the gentlemen of the day met the girls of the moment at certain theatres, balls and gambling clubs, where the code was discretion -- but the game was romance.

This is the story of one of those pretty creatures who lived on the quicksands of popularity -- Marguerite Gautier, who brightened her wit with champagne - and sometimes her eyes with tears.

via Daily Motion, part 1:

part 2:

DVD Talk says, "While certainly not amongst Greta Garbo's best films Camille in my opinion is one of the most enjoyable features she was involved with. The film is full of passion, drama, and of course plenty of romantic scenes that place Camille between the best classic tearjerkers Hollywood once proudly produced."

Weird Wild Realm says, "Garbo creates a marvelous portrait of the sophisticated Marguerite with her pretence of lightheartedness, for whom no happy ending is possible" and "Garbo is spectacular in her performance. ... she can scarsely make a physical movement that falls short of a dancer's poetry, & every time she speaks there is subtle emotive power from lighthearted dismissiveness to intense pain; sorrow. Taylor is more than adequate; terribly romantic in his part".

It's listed in the book 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and is in Time Magazine's top 100. has a lengthy plot description. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 91%.


  1. I really wish that Garbo hadn´t stopped acting. I wonder what really happened there, she could have done amazing things at an age when she wouldn´t have had to be beautiful.

    1. The Wikipedia article has an interesting take on what sounds like a more gradual move into retirement than I always thought. She did worry about an aging appearance. It's possible she just didn't want to act enough to take the risk.