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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George Cukor

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Zoe Akins (screen play), Frances Marion (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Marguerite Gautier
Robert Taylor ... Armand Duval
Lionel Barrymore ... Monsieur Duval
Elizabeth Allan ... Nichette
Jessie Ralph ... Nanine
Henry Daniell ... Baron de Varville
Lenore Ulric ... Olympe
Laura Hope Crews ... Prudence Duvernoy
Rex O'Malley ... Gaston
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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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Supreme thrill seared in your memory forever, as Garbo the incomparable and Robert Taylor, screen's outstanding romantic idol, live again the the love story the world has taken to its heart! (original print ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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When Irving Thalberg saw the rushes, he said, "I think we have caught [Greta Garbo] as she should be caught. She will be the most memorable Camille of our time." See more »

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When Marguerite and Armand go walking through the field in the countryside, he asks her, "Tired?" When she responds "only mildly tired," her lips do not move. See more »

Quotes

Armand: No one has ever loved as I have loved you.
Marguerite: That may be true; but, what can I do about it?
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) 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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The very purpose of movies.
1 October 2005 | by WOverly04See all my reviews

Maybe it helps to be a romantic. But for my money, this is the greatest romance that was ever put on film. It has the perfect stars. Greta Garbo was the star of the age--any age--still beautiful and absolutely created to act in films. Even in silent films, her acting is measured and understated. She never falls prey to exaggeration nor pretense. I think that is the secret to her effectiveness. Allow me an example: after accepting money from Baron de Varville for a disguised outing with her lover Armand (which the Baron already suspects), she kisses him gently on the cheek only to be reviled with a harsh slap from the baron, who then departs. The camera moves in on that incomparable face. The head slowly lowers, the lips slightly part, a low moan expresses the guilt, shame and humiliation which momentarily consume her. Then she spies the money clutched tightly in her hand. Recognizing she now has the means to escape with her lover, a slight smile emerges reflecting her change of mood and restored joy. It is a scene like no other.

As for her co-star, Robert Taylor was castigated as being too callow for the role. In fact, most critics today realize he was exactly what Dumas intended: young, impressionable--and certainly irresistibly gorgeous in his dewy youth. That beauty often caused the young Taylor undeserved venom from the critics. He was a very capable actor and probably set the standard for the contemporary romantic leading man we see even today. Rumors that Garbo dismissed him as unimportant are not true. She liked him very much and was greatly impressed after he sent her mother flowers when they all attended the premiere of CAMILLE in Stockholm.

CAMILLE? A great movie with a great cast, including the marvelous Henry Daniell, whose Baron de Varville is very Jekyll and Hyde. I encourage anyone to see it. It is one of the finest films of the 20th Century.


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USA

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English | French | Latin

Release Date:

24 February 1937 (Italy) See more »

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$1,486,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Color (Late 1980's)| Black and White

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1.37 : 1
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