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Camille (1936)




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Greta Garbo enjoyed one of her greatest triumphs in this glossy adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' oft-filmed romantic tragedy. Here, Garbo stars as Marguerite Gauthier, who is born into humble circumstances but in time becomes Dame aux Camille, one of the most glamorous courtesans in Paris. Camille is kept by the wealthy and powerful Baron de Varville (Henry Daniell), but after many years of earning a good living from her beauty without finding true love, Camille's heart is stolen by Armand (Robert Taylor), a handsome but slightly naive young man who doesn't know how she came by her fortune. Armand is just as attracted to Camille as she is to him, and she's prepared to give up the Baron and his stipend to be with Armand. However, Armand's father (Lionel Barrymore) begs Camille to turn away from his son, knowing her scandalous past could ruin his future. Realizing the painful wisdom of this, Camille rejects Armand, who continues to pursue her even as Camille contracts a potentially fatal case of tuberculosis. Remarkably, even though this was one of Garbo's greatest commercial and critical successes, she would make only three more films before her retirement in 1941; Camille, however, would be filmed several more times following this version (most memorably by elegant sexploitation auteur Radley Metzger in 1969's Camille 2000).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frances Marion, ZoŽ Akins, James Hilton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


Greta Garbo
as Marguerite
Henry Daniell
as Baron de Varville
E.E. Clive
as Saint Gaudens
Joan Brodel
as Marie Jeanette
Joan Leslie
as Marie Jeanette
Fritz Leiber
as Valentin
Mariska Aldrich
as Friend of Camille
Elsie Esmonds
as Mme. Duval
John Bryan
as De Musset
Georgia Caine
as Streetwalker
Mabel Colcord
as Madame Barjon
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Attendant
Effie Ellsler
as Grandma Duval
Rex Evans
as Companion
Sibyl Harris
as Georges Sand
Olaf Hytten
as Croupier
Gwendolen Logan
as Governess
Eily Malyon
as Therese
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Critic Reviews for Camille

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Miss Garbo has interpreted Marguerite Gautier with the subtlety that has earned for her the title, 'first lady of the screen.'

Full Review… | January 28, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Garbo seems to be dying of an unspecified movie disease where star power is more apparent than actual illness. Issues of plausibility do not, however, get in the way of the snappy dialogue, which is a big surprise for such a standard melodrama.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011

The first half is a bit slow and occasionally corny, but the second half, where Marguerite finds herself forced to make decisions instead of coyly putting them off, really picks up.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Film and Felt

Garbo gives her most accomplished and touching performance in Cukor's 1937 version of Camille; Robert Taylor is good too as her younger lover.

Full Review… | June 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for Camille

Alexandre Dumas's courtesan falls for a rising nobleman, but her fast ways might bring shame on her new love.
This is a strong adaptation of a classic story, but never has Dumas's pedantic and establishment moralism been more apparent than here. The high society morals are upheld in Camille's sacrifice, and though it's a tragedy of manners, it nonetheless seems to support the ideals of its time.
Overall, Garbo and Robert Taylor give very strong performances in this adaptation of a classic novel that deserves an author ahead of his time.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Based on the play by Alexandre Dumas, "Camille" tells the story of Marguerite (Garbo), a woman who rises to the upper crust of parisian society through the many wealthy men she seduces. Her latest conquest, Baron de Varville, is perfectly content to keep his trophy in the manner to which she's accustomed, but he feels no more passion towards her than any other object he owns. Armand (Robert Taylor) has loved Marguerite from afar, but his lack of money at first leaves her cold. It takes a trip out to the country, to a little farm like the one she grew up on, for her to realize what he means to her and what love can be. Enter Armand's father (Lionel Barrymore). He tells Marguerite of just how harmful an influence she is for Armand and convinces her to leave him.

It's a tale of social politics and star-crossed lovers, very well done with classic performances (Greta Garbo was nominated for an academy award for her performance). A romantic tear-jerker, if you like that sort of thing.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

A touching story, but the movie doesn't make it as exciting as it sounds.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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