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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
Jan 1, 1936 Wide
Sep 6, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment
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Miss Garbo has interpreted Marguerite Gautier with the subtlety that has earned for her the title, 'first lady of the screen.'
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.
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.
Garbo gives her most accomplished and touching performance in Cukor's 1937 version of Camille; Robert Taylor is good too as her younger lover.
Dreadfully boring romance 'classic' has Garbo as a 1847's French courtesan, trapped in a loveless relationship with a rich man while forsaking her younger, hotter lover.
Solid, stolid, and not much fun. There are better Garbo films.
The great Garbo at her radiant peak, and certainly among the top five most romantic movies ever made.
Audience Reviews for Camille
- Madame Barjon: For the lady of the camillias. And they're almost twice as large as usual.
- Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: I shall have twice as many tomorrow
- Prudence Duvernoy: Twice as many! Oh, don't listen to her, Barjon. I know what those things cost.
- Madame Barjon: Doesn't she listen when she orders her hats and dresses from you?
- Prudence Duvernoy: They're an investment!
- Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: Of course I order too many hats and too many dresses and too many everything, but I want them.
- Olympe: I knew I was too happy!
- Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: Cows and chickens make better friends than I've ever met in Paris!
- Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: I always look well when I'm near death.
- Armand Duval: I accepted her favors because I thought she loved me. I had her make sacrifices for me when there were others who had more to give. But bear witness, I owe her nothing. Take it, come on, take it! Buy camellias, buy diamonds, horses and carriages, buy moonlight, buy a grave!
- Armand Duval: Then you do love him. Dare to tell me that you love him. You're free of me forever.
- Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: I love him.
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