Camille 1936

Camille

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Beautiful Marguerite Gauthier (Greta Garbo) lifts herself out of her poverty-stricken upbringing by becoming the enchanting "Lady of the Camellias," well-kept courtesan of the rich and influential Baron de Varville (Henry Daniell). When young Armand (Robert Taylor) falls in love with Marguerite, his sincere adoration causes her to question her comfortable life, and, despite the protests of Armand's scandal-wary father (Lionel Barrymore), she considers leaving the Baron for him.

Cast & Crew

Greta Garbo
Marguerite Gautier
Robert Taylor
Armand Duval
Lionel Barrymore
Monsieur Duval
Henry Daniell
Baron de Varville
Zoe Akins
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Frances Marion
Screenwriter
James Hilton
Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart
Original Music
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Karl Freund
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Critic Reviews for Camille

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1)

  • In Camille, Cukor's direction led Garbo deeper into the heart of the situations than ever before, and into the greatest triumph of her career.

    July 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Miss Garbo, as Marguerite Gauthier, the weak-chested Lady of the Camelias, coughing delicately into a lace hanky, never looked or languished better.

    January 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Miss Garbo has interpreted Marguerite Gautier with the subtlety that has earned for her the title, 'first lady of the screen.'

    January 28, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
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    December 11, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

    Nell Minow

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  • Greta Garbo in a wan but beautiful performance as the famous invalid. A splendidly produced and worth-while picture.

    July 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Camille

  • Nov 30, 2015
    The outstanding feature of this film is Garbo's performance, in which she considers every moment, and represents unsentimentally the ambiguity and the impossible fate of a woman of whom society disapproves, as they are making use of her. Despite her beauty, style, wit and wisdom, this woman can never form part of polite society and what's more, because she is mutually and deeply in love with a promising and younger man, she must perish. There are many other good performances in the film, the script is well put together. But contrast the eloquence and depth of Garbo in this, compared with some of the more modern shells of this classic tale. As a role model, no one would dream of mentioning the flaws in Garbo's beauty or her age. A must see for young women in case they think that things are very different today; maybe think of it as a kind of vaccination. And most of all, to observe an actress of real intelligence and power, physically slim and strong, and carrying the film as if it were effortless for her. The super-ornate sets and costumes, and Garbo's perfect makeup, don't go astray either.
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  • Oct 11, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2013
    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.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    A touching story, but the movie doesn't make it as exciting as it sounds.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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