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Life in 1847 Paris is as spirited as champagne and as unforgiving as the gray morning after. In gambling dens and lavish soirees men of means exert their wills and women turned courtesans exult in pleasure. One such woman is Marguerite Gautier (Greta Garbo) the Camille of this sumptuous romance tale based on the enduring Alexandre Dumas story. Garbo's aloof mystique and alabaster beauty illuminate this George Cukor-directed film featuring what many call her finest performance. Her Camille is a movie paragon of true love found (in suitor Armand Duval memorably played by Robert Taylor) then sacrificed for a greater good. Garbo earned an Academy Award nomination and the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award for her memorable work.Running Time: 109 min.System Requirements: Running Time 109 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: NR UPC: 012569524620
One of Greta Garbo's touchstone films, this 1937 adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel finds the actress playing a dying courtesan who falls in love with a young nobleman (a slightly miscast Robert Taylor) and must sacrifice her happiness. Directed by George Cukor (The Philadelphia Story), the supreme "women's director" in Hollywood at the time, the film could have existed just to give Garbo room to be luminous (despite her character's illness) and a great star. But it is also a gorgeous MGM production with strong performances from Lionel Barrymore and the rest of the cast. (Henry Daniell is a standout as the villain.) --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The pacing is excellent and the dialogue is always refine and elegant, sometimes deeply moving (as when delivered with such class by Duvall Senior), other times lightly humourous, which can only come from good writing.
Both Greta Garbo's and Robert Taylor's performances are absolutely superb. Ms Garbo's Marguerite is drop-dead gorgeous. Shs has been given an adoring platform to display the full range of her acting prowess. Mr Taylor's love-struck Armand cannot be more convincing. His subtlety is nothing short of masterful for such a young actor. I cannot understand why he did not receive any acting nomination for this role. There are so many actors who have won for less.
Watch out for the scene when Marguerite announced to Armand that she would be leaving him. In all of one second, Mr Taylor's eyes conveyed his shock, followed by realisation at this unexpected turn, his pain, his heartache, his deep sense of betrayal and his terror of losing her.
Camille (an odd title--flowers?) is about Marguerite Gautier (Greta Garbo), a Parisian woman of the 19th century torn between love and money. The main attraction of this film is its romance. Robert Taylor, as Armand Duvall, shows undying love to Marguerite, in spite of his occasional jealousy. She, who initially resists his advances because she is practical and worldly, is eventually taken by his devotion. Armand's father (Lionel Barrymore) intervenes--leading to a sacrifice by her, and, eventually, tragedy.
The Baron (money), is a superbly-played character and not so hateful as many reviewers imply. He, too, makes a noble sacrifice. There is a great scene where he plays an incredible piano amidst a very tense moment.
This film, because of its age, may not seem readily accesible to the contemporary viewer. But in spite of such it did not take long before this viewer was sold on watching it all. "Camille" is well done and, for those who really like romance, probably a classic film.
This film was, and is one of the benchmarks for how a classic movie should be put together. Flawless attention to detail, a great romantic story, exquisite performances by all concerned, a sumptous production and a fine literary source. All these elements successively combine here to make a screen masterpiece that has moved, charmed and entertained movie goers for generations. Indeed "Camille" is probably the best known and most often revived of all of Greta Garbo's great body of work which includes such masterpieces as , "Grand Hotel", "Mata Hari", "Queen Christina", and "Ninotchka".
Greta Garbo, the mysterious, and reclusive MGM star here proves yet again what a stunning actress she can be when given material worthy of her talents. Based on the tragic story by Alexandre Dumas of "The Lady of the Camellias", "Camille" tells the story of Marguerite Gautier a famous 19th Century courtesan in Paris who lives by her beauty and the support of those men who can pay for it. The tragedy of her situation is that when life means very little to her and she finds herself slowly dying of consumption, she meets the love of her life the young and penniless gentlemen Armand who loves her for herself and not because of the charms she can offer. Armand offers her a life of genuine love and purpose which is missing in her gilded Parisian life among her superficial, pleasure loving friends and as the mistress of the grim and domineering Baron de Varville who views her as his personal plaything.Read more ›
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Yes, I enjoyed watching this movie. The b/w-contrast is a bit strong; perhaps the film was 're-touched'? Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2013 by I. Stegner
Greta Garbo is so good in this film, so witty and touching and appealing, that it's easy to forget how ordinary much of the surrounding film is. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Matthew Patton
I thought Camille was a very good movie. Greta Garbo is stunning as always, and I really liked Robert Taylor as her love interest. Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by Carrie Elizabeth
Yes, I just saw this movie tonight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a tie-in to its exhibit on MGM costume designer Adrian, and I was surprised to find myself getting... Read morePublished on July 20 2002 by Linda McDonnell
One day I was flipping through the channels when I found this movie I had never seen before. I watched it, and I think that it is one of the most timeless movies I have ever seen. Read morePublished on June 29 2002 by Bridget Wood
The story is that trite 19th century favorite, the life and hard times of the tubercular, good-hearted courtesan. Read morePublished on June 16 2002 by Stanley H. Nemeth
"Camille" is that rare occurance in movies where the story, director, star, and studio are all working in sync. The result is one of the finest romantic dramas of all time. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Susan Fong