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Queen Christina (1933)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 9 February 1934 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

H.M. Harwood (screen play), Salka Viertel (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Queen Christina of Sweden is a dominant European ruler in the 17th century, and has never thought of romance. However, she accidentally and secretly falls in love with an emissary from Spain, even though a marriage between the two seems out of the question. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Triumphant Return To The Screen! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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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

There is snow on the ground when Christina leaves the palace for the last time, yet there is no snow in the hills where Antonio and Magnus meet to duel nor is there snow at the docks where Christina boards her ship. See more »

Quotes

Magnus: [embrace and kiss] It's been so long since I've seen you.
Christina: I saw you yesterday.
Magnus: To me that's long since.
Christina: I'm not an idle woman, Magnus. I have a war on my hands.
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.29 (1956) See more »

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Literate and thoughtful screenplay
9 August 1999 | by GyranSee all my reviews

I sometimes think that films should be ranked rather like golfers, with a seniors' section for the over 50s. It is often difficult for the inherent quality of a film to shine through the grainy black and white, crackly sound, stagey sets and ludicrous back-projections. One test of a classic film is: if you went and saw it at your local multiplex tonight, would you enjoy it. Maybe Casablanca, Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon...and, surprisingly, Queen Christina looking as modern and sexy today as when it was made in 1933. The main thing that makes it stand out from the crowd is its literate and thoughtful screenplay. The subject matter is new to most people who, like myself, have only the sketchiest of knowledge about 17th century Swedish history. Garbo is magnificent as an intelligent, liberated queen. She spends most of the film in men's clothes and thigh-length boots. I'm always rather incredulous of the Shakespearean convention where the heroine only has to put on a pair of trousers and everyone assumes she is a boy. Queen Christina delightfully pokes fun at this convention. Garbo, dressed as a boy, finds that she has to share the last room at the inn with John Gilbert, the Spanish envoy. In a scene that radiates sexiness, Garbo only has to take off her jacket for Gilbert to realise that she is all woman.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,114,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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