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Director:
Writers:
H.M. Harwood (screen play) and
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Release Date:
9 February 1934 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(19 articles)
Who Should Play Garbo and Dietrich?
 (From Indiewire Television. 18 April 2014, 6:11 PM, PDT)

Who Should Play Garbo and Dietrich?
 (From Thompson on Hollywood. 18 April 2014, 6:11 PM, PDT)

A Year With Kate: Sylvia Scarlett (1936)
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Garbo as Queen See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Christina

John Gilbert ... Antonio
Ian Keith ... Magnus
Lewis Stone ... Oxenstierna
Elizabeth Young ... Ebba

C. Aubrey Smith ... Aage

Reginald Owen ... Charles
Georges Renavent ... French Ambassador
David Torrence ... Archbishop
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... General (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
Ferdinand Munier ... Innkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Peasant in Crowd (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Antonio's Companion in Coach (uncredited)
Barbara Barondess ... Elsa (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Magnus' Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
James Burke ... Blacksmith - 4th Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
Cora Sue Collins ... Christina as a Child (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Woman at Court when Antonio arrive at Christines Throne (uncredited)
Muriel Evans ... Barmaid at Inn (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Drinker Betting on 9 (uncredited)
Lawrence Grant ... Bit part (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Paul Hurst ... Swedish Soldier Betting on 6 (uncredited)
Gladden James ... 3rd Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
Fred Kohler ... Member of the Court at Abdication (uncredited)
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... 2nd Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
Edward Norris ... Count Jacob (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ... Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Cook at the Inn (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... King Gustavus Adolphus (uncredited)

Akim Tamiroff ... Pedro (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
 
Writing credits
H.M. Harwood (screen play) and
Salka Viertel (screen play)

Salka Viertel (from the original story by) and
Margaret P. Levino (from the original story by)

S.N. Behrman (dialogue)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Walter Wanger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Toluboff 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (interior decoration)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Art Wilson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... riding double: Greta Garbo (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Fred Cavens .... stager: sword fight (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
99 min | 99 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1934) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1964) | UK:U (re-rating) (2005) | UK:U (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The scene where Christina goes around the room at the inn, remember the night she spent with her lover, was choreographed so meticulously that Greta Garbo performed the scene to a metronome.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the 1600s, in a remote, snowbound, humble inn, Garbo is eating grapes and fruit that would not have been available even in the major, more southern cities like Paris.See more »
Quotes:
Queen Christina:Great love...
Antonio:Don't you believe in it's possibility?
Queen Christina:In it's possibility - yes. But not in its existence. A great love, perfect love, is an illusion. It is the golden fable of which we all dream. But in ordinary life it doesn't happen. In ordinary life one must be content with less.
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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009)See more »

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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Garbo as Queen, 16 June 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Greta Garbo is the controversial "Queen Christina" in this beautiful 1933 film directed by the great Rouben Mamoulian, responsible for the resplendent 1941 "Blood and Sand" and many other films. Here, Garbo is reunited with a leading man from silent films, John Gilbert, and the two are marvelous together. It's so strange now to remember that there was supposedly something wrong with Gilbert's voice so when talkies came in, it wrecked his career. Obviously his voice was just fine, and in this film, he speaks with a classically trained voice and has great facility for the dialogue. Perhaps it's true that Mayer hated him and sped up his voice in his sound debut; but most likely, his alcoholism is what ultimately destroyed his career.

The script takes wild liberties with the real Queen's life, but it makes for excellent entertainment. Queen Christina was educated as a man at her father's directive so she could take over the throne, and she supposedly, as in the film, had some sort of relationship with her lady-in-waiting, Ebba. One site states that Christina abdicated her throne to be with Ebba; however, Ebba had already married and left the court by the time Christina abdicated. After her abdication, she traveled to Rome as a man and steeped herself in culture. Later on, she tried to become Queen of a couple of countries and became involved with a Cardinal, to whom she left her estate when she died at the age of 63.

Here, Christina travels as a man and ends up sharing a room with an envoy of the King of Spain, Don Antonio (Gilbert), who becomes her lover. The bedroom scenes are quite controversial, though no sex is shown. It was thought that Garbo fondling different things in the room as she "memorizes" it was a symbol of her fondling something else - plus there is only bed in the room and the two were obviously in it, though the bed was curtained. And that's as explicit as one got in 1933. The scenes at the inn apparently wiped out any concern for Christina's kissing of Ebba (Elizabeth Young) on the lips earlier!

The acting is superb, particularly from Garbo, Gilbert, and Ian Keith (Magnus). Keith was a little known character actor, yet he was an accomplished stage performer who was very impressive in film - he can be seen as Joan Blondell's drunken husband in "Nightmare Alley." As for Gilbert, what a shame - a wonderful, attractive actor who plays Antonio with great wit and intelligence. He and Garbo made a great team. Garbo is gloriously beautiful, and in a nice touch, walks in the same lumbering way as the actress who plays her as a little girl does. This is the film with possibly the most famous close-up in cinematic history - as Garbo supposedly thinks of "nothing" as she stands on the ship. The camera lingers on her for what seems like forever...yet it is somehow not long enough.

The exciting, final pairing of a great screen team is only enhanced by the subtle touches of Mamoulian and the beautiful cinematography. Don't miss it.

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