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Camille -- In gambling dens and lavish soirees, men of means exert their wills and women turned courtesans exult in pleasure.

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Director:
Writers:
Zoe Akins (screen play) &
Frances Marion (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
1 January 1937 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Greta Garbo Loves Robert Taylor See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
BEAUTIFUL in the very meaning of this word See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Marguerite

Robert Taylor ... Armand

Lionel Barrymore ... Monsieur Duval
Elizabeth Allan ... Nichette
Jessie Ralph ... Nanine

Henry Daniell ... Baron de Varville

Lenore Ulric ... Olympe
Laura Hope Crews ... Prudence
Rex O'Malley ... Gaston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Aldrich ... Friend of Camille (uncredited)
Marion Ballou ... Corinne (uncredited)
Phyllis Barry ... (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Second Doorman (uncredited)
Daisy Belmore ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Attendant (uncredited)
John Bryan ... Alfred de Musset (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Streetwalker (uncredited)

Lita Chevret ... Woman in Theater Box (uncredited)
E.E. Clive ... Saint Gaudens (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Madame Barjon - the Florist (uncredited)
Chappell Dossett ... Priest (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Fireplace Attendant (uncredited)
Effie Ellsler ... Grandma Duval (uncredited)
Elsie Esmond ... Madame Duval (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Charles - Pianist at Party (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Woman in Theater Box (uncredited)
Russell Hardie ... Gustave - the Bridegoom (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Armand's Friend (uncredited)
Sibyl Harris ... George Sand (uncredited)
Maude Hume ... Aunt Henriette (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Baccarat Croupier (uncredited)
Eugene King ... Gypsy Leader (uncredited)
Fritz Leiber Jr. ... Valentin (uncredited)

Joan Leslie ... Marie Jeanette (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Logan ... Governess (uncredited)
Eily Malyon ... Therese - Maid in Country House (uncredited)
Adrienne Matzenauer ... Soprano (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Priest at Wedding (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Emile (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... General (uncredited)
John Picorri ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Guy Bates Post ... Auctioneer (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Creditor Agent (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Butcher (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Old Duchess Bidding 3750 Francs (uncredited)
Douglas Walton ... Henri (uncredited)

June Wilkins ... Louise - Armand's Sister (uncredited)
Howard Wilson ... Armand's Friend (uncredited)
Harris Wood ... (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Extra in Casino (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Zoe Akins (screen play) &
Frances Marion (screen play) and
James Hilton (screen play)

Alexandre Dumas fils (from the play and novel by)

Carey Wilson  uncredited

Produced by
David Lewis .... associate producer
Bernard H. Hyman .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
Karl Freund (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (uncredited)
Jack D. Moore (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Thomas .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ulric Busch .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E. Mason Hopper .... director: mob scene (uncredited)
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Zinnemann .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fredric Hope .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Harry Edwards .... props (uncredited)
George E. Lee .... property manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Grimes .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Val Raset .... dances stager
Nathalie Bucknall .... researcher (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
109 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (1965) | Finland:K-16 (1937) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1937) | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2825) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A song inspired by the film was published in 1936: "I'll Love Like Robert Taylor, Be My Greta Garbo" with music and lyrics by Milton Benjamin.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Prudence raises her left hand to her cigar, but removes it from her mouth with the right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Marguerite:Cows and chickens make better friends than I've ever met in Paris!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in It's My Party (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
Aufforderung zum Tanz (Invitation to the Dance)See more »

FAQ

What does the opening title card say?
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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
BEAUTIFUL in the very meaning of this word, 18 September 2005
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

"Perhaps it ill be better if I live in your heart, where the world can't see me. If I'm dead, there will be no staying of our love."

The novel/play by Alexandre Dumas Fils LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS has attracted a lot of artists. Verdi wrote his opera LA TRAVIATA basing its content on this play. The film industry have also made a lot of adaptations of the play from the period of silent era up till modern times. However, if one hears a movie title CAMILLE, what usually comes to one's mind is the film by George Cukor with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. Why? There is something magical about this version that made it stand a test of time, something that helped it be appreciated for almost seven decades. Is it performances, cinematography, or Garbo's presence that make it so enchanting to watch? The answer is not so easy because the movie is a masterpiece of beauty at multiple levels.

The performances are absolutely outstanding. It is difficult to say if Garbo gives her best performance in CAMILLE or GRAND HOTEL. I think that it is more a matter of personal preferences. One thing is sure - she does something more than acting. She totally feels the role, every movement, every gesture is extremely natural as if you were watching reality not a movie. As a result, Garbo achieves something really outstanding in CAMILLE, some kind of the ultimate masterpiece of performance. Robert Taylor very well fits to the role of Armand Duvall. He manages to stress the most important feature of his role - delicacy and sincerity. Henry Daniell is a perfect choice for Baron De Varville - cruel, unemotional, cynical, and very selfish. I shall never forget the scene when Marguerite plays a lyrical piece on the piano expecting Armand's visit. However, it is Baron who comes unexpectedly. While Armand is trying to get to the house, Baron plays the piano and Marguerite has to behave as if she wasn't expecting anyone. The scene ends with hysterical laughter of them both and a magnificent acting. Laura Hope Crews also gives a lovely performance as Prudence Duvernoy stressing her frivolity and extravagance. Consider her performance at the party at the mansion. Yet, Lionel Barrymore, though not given much time on screen, is memorable, particularly in the scene of his meeting with Marguerite. What a lovely presentation of two different world views! Not a better or a worse view but DIFFERENT views - Marguerite attached to love and emotions and Monsieur Duval to social ties and reputation.

The cinematography is superb. Almost each scene has a "soul" which makes watching the movie a real admiration of beauty. The most memorable decorations are in the scene in a candle-lit boudoir filled with delicate lighting and shadows. Marguerite is looking at her reflection in the mirror and suddenly notices Armand from behind. A delicate classic musical piece is being played in the background. UNFORGETTABLE! The film's gorgeous imagery is a very strong point for the movie.

Perhaps, you will wonder why I praise this movie so much. But if you asked me if I can ever forget CAMILLE, my answer would be "never" because the imagery of this movie and the effect it has on a viewer is endless. How is it possible to forget a beautiful scene of Marguerite's first meeting with Armand? Is it also possible to skip a lovely idyllic pastoral sequence with sheep and flowering trees? How to forget a touching moment when Gaston, Marguerite's true friend, is putting a beautiful bunch of camellias at her side while she is lying ill in bed? Finally, the touching final shot and Marguerite's beautiful words that I entailed at the beginning of my review. These words, which purely refer to spiritual love, are the last words that Marguerite says.

Yes, CAMILLE is a masterpiece, one of the very few movies that promotes real beauty. It is not only a tearjerker. It is not only a story of love. It is a movie that teaches high respect for precious values in life. 10/10!

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