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Camille (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1937 (Austria)
A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.

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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 garykmcd

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$1,486,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Greta Garbo's personal favorite of all her films. See more »

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Prudence raises her left hand to her cigar, but removes it from her mouth with the right hand. See more »

Quotes

Madame Barjon, the Florist: For the lady of the camillias. And they're almost twice as large as usual.
Marguerite: I shall have twice as many tomorrow.
Prudence Duvernoy: Twice as many! Oh, don't listen to her, Barjon. I know what those things cost.
Madame Barjon, the Florist: Doesn't she listen when she orders her hats and dresses from you?
Prudence Duvernoy: They're an investment!
Marguerite: Of course I order too many hats and too many dresses and too many everything, but I want them.
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Referenced in The Doris Day Show: Forgive and Forget (1972) See more »

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Aufforderung zum Tanz (Invitation to the Dance)
(1841) (uncredited)
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Played on the piano by the Baron
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Typical Garbo vehicle...richly detailed romantic drama...
28 June 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Most Greta Garbo fans rank this as her finest work--and it probably is. Not only is she highly competent in the title role, but the supporting cast shines just as brightly--everyone from Laura Hope Crewes to Henry Daniell to Lionel Barrymore. And Robert Taylor is the ideal romantic hero at the peak of his darkly handsome good looks. He and Garbo make a wonderful pair.

George Cukor's direction is full of richly observed details of behavior, never flinching from the occasional coarseness of the characters. All of the technical work is above reproach and those familiar with the story of the Lady of the Camelias will not be disappointed. Lionel Barrymore makes a brief but effective appearance midway through the film. His scene with Garbo is delicately played and gives added credence to Garbo's nobility in letting her lover go.

Biggest drawback is the film's pace--some editing may have helped--but the final result is still impressive.


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