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Camille

Greta Garbo , Robert Taylor , George Cukor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Hollywood Magic Oct. 12 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This film is the epitome of good old Hollywood romance and glamour. Beautiful people, gorgeous costumes, wonderful sets and luminous lighting all conspire to transport the audience into another world. You know it is all very much contrived but you are more than happy to surrender yourself to the experience. Isn't this what a movie experience should be?
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.
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Quite by accident I saw this film and "Bridget Jones Diary (2001)" on consecutive evenings; both are about women of a similar age with somewhat similar dilemmas. Their approach (as films), however, is two generations apart--with the contemporary one rather shallow, the former (Camille), more idyllic and, in my opinion, more satisfactory.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garbo's unforgettable classic Oct. 22 2002
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Every actor or actress who has achieved success in Hollywood tends to have one film that is their "signature" part and in Greta Garbo's instance that role would have to be her tragic heroine Marguerite Gautier in the MGM classic "Camille'.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Timeless Love Story - a Masterpiece Aug. 19 2002
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I have seen many, many classic movies. I have seen the best performances of the best movie stars and I have seen all of the most respected classic films. None come close to Camille, the best movie ever made! I'm not kidding, either. This film is pure magic. The screenplay is brilliant and flawless. The romantic lines will last in your memory just as long as the beautiful images. And there are many unforgettable scenes.. Garbo drops her fan as she walks down the staircase (in a magnificent Adrian gown), as she sees the man she loves. The scene where Robert Taylor throws his money at the woman he can't have. And the single best scene in motion picture history..Garbo's legendary and tearjerking death scene. The first time I saw this movie, the end made me cry uncontrollably for half an hour. Just as magnificent are the heartfelt performances by Garbo and Robert Taylor, who is sensitive and tender, as his character should be. Garbo is breathtaking in her best role. Her lines are perfectly blended with her character, such as when she is on her deathbed and whispers, "If you can't save me, how can a doctor?" or "My heart isn't used to being happy." As they are falling in love, the lines are absolutely wonderful, such as when Taylor tells Garbo his parents were married 30 years and Garbo says, sadly, "Nobody could ever love me 30 years." People could laugh at this movie and say it is sentimental, but that just indicates lack of heart. I have never seen a movie without a sentimental script that ever inspired me to write. This movie inspired me in every way.. It inspires us to be more compassionate towards each other and live to love. This is the most effective love story ever told, and this 63 year-old film still breathes life into a 150 year-old story. Why? Because it is timeless. A story is only old if the artists think so, but this film is a masterpiece. It will always be my favorite movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie classic
Yes, I enjoyed watching this movie. The b/w-contrast is a bit strong; perhaps the film was 're-touched'? Read more
Published 5 months ago by I. Stegner
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Garbo--The Rest , well . . .
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 more
Published on March 2 2004 by Matthew Patton
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Baz Lurhman's "Moulin Rouge," perhaps?
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 more
Published on May 28 2003 by Carrie Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Little bit on the boring side....
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 more
Published on July 20 2002 by Linda McDonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Romantic Movie EVER!!
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 more
Published on June 29 2002 by Bridget Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars "Great Acting in Melodrama"
The story is that trite 19th century favorite, the life and hard times of the tubercular, good-hearted courtesan. Read more
Published on June 16 2002 by Stanley H. Nemeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and unforgettable
"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 more
Published on June 10 2002 by Susan Fong
5.0 out of 5 stars LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS
The legendary Garbo interpreted the famous courtesan of literature with the subtlety that earned for her the title of "the first lady of the screen". Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2001 by "scotsladdie"
4.0 out of 5 stars Garbo at Her Tragic Best
The legendary Greta Garbo gives one of her legendary performances as Marguerite Gautier, a comsumptive French courtesan caught between two men - Armand, whom she loves, and the... Read more
Published on April 2 2001 by James L.
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