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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


Drama, Romance, Classics

ZoŽ Akins, Frances Marion, James Hilton

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.'

January 28, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
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.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

January 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

Solid, stolid, and not much fun. There are better Garbo films.

February 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The great Garbo at her radiant peak, and certainly among the top five most romantic movies ever made.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Camille (1936) is one of the most romantically-atmospheric films ever made and a classic, well-known melodramatic love/tragedy

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

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.
October 11, 2013
Jim Hunter

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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.
May 10, 2013
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

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A touching story, but the movie doesn't make it as exciting as it sounds.
September 15, 2010

Super Reviewer

This is one of the most soapy, manipulative period dramas I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. In light of the code no sex or heavy makeout is allowed, but it is insinuated by the gallons. It's a movie that doesn't take itself very seriously but drags along the emotional baggage pretty quickly. I liked how they minimized the necessary expository dialogue and the quickly cut to the pertinent action. Much of the same storyline as Moulin Rouge but more is going on here and it makes all the more sense. Greta Garbo gives an impressive performance reminiscent of All My Children or something...and Robert Taylor is pure sex on legs. Oh, and...are stars forbidden to French each other?? I always get slightly weirded out by their chaste kissing.
December 30, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Madame Barjon: For the lady of the camillias. And they're almost twice as large as usual.
    2. Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: I shall have twice as many tomorrow
    3. Prudence Duvernoy: Twice as many! Oh, don't listen to her, Barjon. I know what those things cost.
    4. Madame Barjon: Doesn't she listen when she orders her hats and dresses from you?
    5. Prudence Duvernoy: They're an investment!
    6. Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: Of course I order too many hats and too many dresses and too many everything, but I want them.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Olympe: I knew I was too happy!
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: Cows and chickens make better friends than I've ever met in Paris!
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: I always look well when I'm near death.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. 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!
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Armand Duval: Then you do love him. Dare to tell me that you love him. You're free of me forever.
    2. Marguerite Gauthier/Camille: I love him.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
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