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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.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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You who are so young--where can you have learned all you know about women like me? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

1937 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Kameliadamen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,486,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,154,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,688,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Greta Garbo's personal favorite of all her films. See more »

Goofs

The name CAMILLE--a Latin name--has nothing to do with the camellia of the Lady of the Camellias, which was so named by Linnaeus in honor of the Czech botanist Jiri Josef Kamel. See more »

Quotes

Armand: I'll bring this little book as a birthday present. Have you read it?
Marguerite: I never read anything. What is it?
Armand: Manon Lescaut
Marguerite: Who was she?
Armand: A beautiful girl who lived for love and pleasure.
Marguerite: [Examines the book cover] It's a beautiful color, it should be a very good story.
Armand: Yes it is. But, it's rather sad. She dies in the end.
Marguerite: Well, then I'll keep it, but, I won't read it. I don't like sad thoughts. However, we all die.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Subtle, sublime studio fare
10 May 2004 | by tsarevnaSee all my reviews

This film further proves that the assembly-line system of Hollywood studios back then should also be taken seriously in terms of artistry. Just because movies were produced run-of-the-mill doesn't mean that they weren't paid critical attention to by their makers. The usual impression on studio-era Hollywood is: take a formulaic narrative style, maybe adapt a stage play for the screen, blend in a handful of stars from the stable and the films rake in the profit at the box office. Not quite, that's the easy perception. George Cukor, another of those versatile directors, made it apparent with Camille that filmmaking as an art may still flourish despite (and even within) certain parameters. Camille is beautiful, in so many respects. And it's not just because of Greta Garbo.

Sure, the acting is amazing, the casting is perfect. Garbo is luminous, mysterious, cruel, and weak at the same time. Robert Taylor surrenders himself to be the heartbreakingly young and vulnerable Armand. Henry Daniell's coldness and sadism is utterly human and familiar. The others are just plain wonderful. The writing contains so much wit and humor, devotion and pain - but it never overstates anything. The rapport and tensions between lovers, friends, and enemies are palpable and consistent. The actions flow so naturally, just like every scene, that checking for historical inconsistencies seem far beside the point.

There is so much that I love about Camille that it's hard to enumerate them all, but with every little discovery comes the realization that this is "but" a studio production, so it makes the experience more exquisite. Camille is a gentle, poignant romantic movie that, like Garbo, takes its place delicately and self-effacingly in the history of American cinema, but makes itself indelible in the heart and mind of the lovelorn individual viewer.


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