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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 »
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(19 articles)
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The Ultimate Masterpiece! An impressive movie beyond times! See more (54 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:
Lawrence Grant is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. C. Henry Gordon was announced as a cast member, and Edward Cooper was listed as a cast member in a contemporary Hollywood Reporter news item, but neither appeared to be in the film. However, recognition of actors was difficult because of period makeup.See 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:Must we live for the dead?
Oxenstierna:For the great dead, yes, Your Majesty.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in "Arena: Screen Goddesses" (2012)See more »

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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The Ultimate Masterpiece! An impressive movie beyond times!, 26 December 2004
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

"I,m tired of being a symbol, Chancellor, I long to be a human being! This longing I cannot suppress!" (Greta Garbo as queen Christina)

On December, the 26th, 1933 Rouben Mamoulian's great production about the Swedish queen was released. Greta Garbo (1905-1990), a Swedish actress already famous for her roles in silent movies and some sound films, like Anna Christie (1930), was cast to play the main role by Rouben Mamoulian for the first time in her new contract. Perhaps, the producers with the director expected some success, but certainly nobody could think of the movie being watched and admired in the 21st century...

The story of Christina is changed; however, it does not make a serious distortion. The movie shows a lot of true facts from her life (her coronation in 1632 and her desire for peace) as well as some additional events (she did not abdicate for love). But, like with most other films, history had to be interpreted to the need of the audience of the 1930s.

The movie is mostly famous for dealing with Christina's desire for personal happiness and love affair between Christina and the Spanish ambassador Don Antonio De Pimentel (John Gilbert). The most memorable scene, for me personally, is their first meeting in an inn. The way Mr Mamoulian showed it is really extraordinary: nothing vulgar or open without taboo. Grapes which are a reference either to Ancient Greece and god Bachus or to Spain, Antonio's homeland. Christina is showed walking through the room and touching all objects in order to memorize them. Greta Garbo gives one of her finest performances in this memorable scene. REALLY SENSIBLE SCENE THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO SHOOT NOWADAYS! What is more, her lesbianism is hidden. There is only one moment when Christina kisses one of her servant girls in the mouth.

Another significant aspect of the movie is Christina's long for being a human, not a symbol. Her famous words that I contained at the beginning of my review reflect her personality. Everything she does is for happiness. She falls in love with Antonio and plans a happy life with him. However, Antonio dies in her arms and their love cannot be fulfilled. The final shot of Christina standing at the bow of the ship as it sets sail is another impressive, magnificent moment. Before shooting this scene, Mr Mamoulian said to Greta: "I want your face to be a blank sheet of paper. I want the writing to be done by every member of the audience..."

The cast are excellent. Greta Garbo performed in many movies, including ANNA KARENINA (1935), LOVE (1927), MATA HARI (1931), CAMILLE (1936), and in all of them, she was perfect; but this role is her ultimate masterpiece. Undoubtedly incredible! Even if you don't like anything about this movie, Greta's performance is something you will never forget. Consider how she played a man while meeting Antonio in an inn; or her speech where she calls for the end of Thirty Years War: "Spoils, glory, flags, and trumpets! What is behind these high sounding words? Death and destruction!"

John Gilbert also does a good job as Antonio but he, like everyone else, is in the shadow of Greta. I do not know if there were other such good actors or actresses in cinema's history. Perhaps, Romy Schneider... but, indeed, very few people could leave such an unfading trace in cinema.

Queen Christina is my beloved, favorite movie, a piece of high art at multiple levels. More than 70 years have passed since it was released and the movie is still a pleasure to see. It has been a must-have in my family from the time my Grandma was young in the 1930s. The movie really deserves to be released on DVD.

There are movies that you watch and quickly forget.

There are movies that you may like and see them more than once to remember for longer.

Queen Christina is a movie that, having seen once, you will never forget.

With no hesitation 10/10

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