A courtesan and an idealistic young man fall in love, only for her to give up the relationship at his status-conscious father's request.

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Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying Armand, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However, when poverty and terminal illness overwhelm her, Camille discovers that Armand has not lost his love for her. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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26 September 1921 (USA)  »

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The original play opened in Paris in 1852. The first Broadway production of the play opened on 9 December 1853. There have been 15 Broadway revivals of the popular play, the last in 1935. See more »

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Version of Cha hua nu (1938) See more »

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Exquisite masterpiece - deserves resurrection.
25 October 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This much maligned movie is actually one of the best movies of the early twenties. Of course it's hard to not compare any "Camille" to the definitive Garbo film, but this is a magnificent example of a more flamboyant, but no less brilliant, performing style. Nazimova, considered one of the greatest actresses of her day, is superb as Magueritte - her passion and vitality are explosive. Her quieter moments, eg playing with the camellias after deciding to leave Armand, are heart-breaking. She also looks sensational, with huge hair and outrageous gowns. And Valentino, looking divine, matches her perfectly. Rarely was he so subtle and warm in his playing. He certainly out-classes Robert Taylor. Then there is the art direction of the soon to be Madame Valentino Natacha Rambova. She is usually blamed for nearly ruining her husband's career, but her set and costume designs here are nothing short of revolutionary. She brings a European like expressionism to the film that is unforgettable. I suspect she was a genius who was never allowed to truly fly.

I urge you to see this film - I think it should be revived theatrically. It was certainly ahead of its time.


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