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Director:
Writers:
H.M. Harwood (screen play) and
Salka Viertel (screen play) ...
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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:
(20 articles)
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User Reviews:
A beautiful and haunting movie 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)

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:
For the famous closing shot of Greta Garbo at the prow of the ship, director Rouben Mamoulian had wanted the camera to begin with a long shot, and then, in one unbroken take, gradually dolly in on a two-thirds close-up of Garbo's face, holding on her at the end of the shot. Unfortunately, with the camera's 48mm lens that close to the human face, pores tend to resemble craters on the surface of the moon. Borrowing on aspects of the magic lantern, Mamoulian devised a large, ruler-shaped, glass filter strip that was clear at one end, becoming increasingly more diffused along its length. With this glass filter mounted in front of the lens, as the camera moved in on Garbo, the glass strip was gradually drawn through the filter holder, beginning with the clear end, and ending with the diffused end (close-up), softening Garbo's facial features with more flattering resultsSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Christina signs some reports, moves a stack to her right, then hands a stack to the treasurer. The first stack disappeared.See more »
Quotes:
Queen Christina:This is how the Lord must have felt when he beheld the finished world with all His creatures breathing... living.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Garbo (2005)See more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful and haunting movie, 30 October 2005
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

I recently purchased the Greta Garbo DVD collection and the first film I watched was "Queen Christina". It's the first time I've seen it from beginning to end and it's a beautiful and haunting film. I'm surprised by how old it is. It was made in 1933! And yet the film, aside from the usual dated aspects seen in every movie made then, is remarkably ahead of its time, certainly in the way it views of a female nobility, androgyny and homosexuality. It surprising this movie was made, in the light of the nefarious Hays Code which came into existence just a couple of years before this film was made.

The cinematography is beautiful. The script, though simplistic in its portrayal of Queen Christina's life (the reason I gave this film one star short of a perfect 10), is full of interesting dialogue, which is endlessly quotable. But the one thing that makes the movie so great is Greta herself. Remove Greta from the movie and not much is left. She makes the movie and what an amazing and haunting performance she gives. Some might find her way of acting a bit much but personally, I think it's something to behold. There's no other actor in the world of cinema like Greta Garbo and this film proves it in spades. Her performance is pitch perfect: she's towering, impossibly beautiful and yet vulnerable and warm as well, which is amazing feat. There are several unforgettable and iconic scenes in "Queen Christina" but the biggest icon is Greta herself. Her overwhelming presence in the movie makes it a thoroughly haunting experience. It's amazing that the folks behind the camera knew what amazing person they were working with and "Queen Christina" is the perfect showcase for this legendary star.

As for the quality of the DVD transfer, it's a shame there isn't a better looking version than this one. The film was filled with scratches and sound problems. Like Lawrence of Arabia or Vertigo, "Queen Christina" needs to be restored to its former glory and re-released on the big screen, so a new generation can discover and appreciate this underrated movie.

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