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An attractive woman going by the name Marguerite lives in Paris and is a courtesan, kept by the rich aristocrat Baron de Varville. When the handsome young Armand sees her for the first time, he immediately falls in love. Camille is not so easy as to fall for his charms immediately. She lives a comfortable life, after all. As she comes to have feelings for him, Armand's father intervenes asking her not to cast a shadow on his son's future prospects and she agrees. In her greatest time of need however, the loving Armand returns to her. Written by
Future two-time Oscar-winning director Fred Zinnemann was an uncredited assistant to George Cukor, helping him on camera angles and visual concepts. Zinneman explained, " In 1936, long after I had worked with Busby Berkeley and Gregg Toland, I was again out of a job, and through the good offices of a friend, I was introduced to Cukor, who very kindly asked me to help him with camera angles and visual concepts in the making of a film starring Greta Garbo and 'Robert Taylor' (qV) entitled "Camille." Actually my function on the film was rather limited. While it was a most interesting and valuable experience for me, I do not see how it could have been of much value to George. Since then we have occasionally met socially on very friendly terms, and, needless to say, I have enormous respect for George and for his work; but our professional association was not renewed, as I was signed by MGM to direct short subjects after "Camille" in 1937. See more »
Prudence raises her left hand to her cigar, but removes it from her mouth with the right hand. See more »
I accepted her favors because I thought she loved me. I had her make sacrifices for me when there were others who had more to give. But bear witness, I owe her nothing. Take it, come on, take it! Buy camellias, buy diamonds, horses and carriages, buy moonlight, buy a grave!
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The luminous Greta Garbo in one of her best remembered roles. In this she is the tragic heroine who is dabbling with fate with Robert Taylor (who seems to be wearing more make-up than Greta!) while moving towards the inevitable weepie conclusion.
Certainly Garbo was best in these kind of other-worldly roles, in another place and time, than she was in the few contemporary features she attempted. Not a great actress, but a beautiful woman and a true star who the camera clearly loved. Taylor would move out of romances and musicals into more typically heroic roles by the end of the 1930s, but he's a good romantic lead here.
And I mustn't forget the pleasure of seeing Henry Daniell, one of Hollywood's greatest villains.
Filmed with the commonplace MGM gloss of the time, Camille' delivers on all levels - if you're looking for an escapist, teary, film with lots of close-ups and a nice slow pace. It belongs square in that first decade of the talkies and this sort of thing fell out of fashion after the Second World War.
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