Camille (1936)




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The essence of Alexandre Dumas' lush romantic tragedy has never been as beautifully or faithfully captured as it is in this gorgeous MGM version that stars the extraordinary Greta Garbo in her finest hour as the doomed French kept woman who falls in love with a dashing young soldier. To be with him, she leaves the married baron who has supported her for many years, a fact she neglects to tell her new beau. The depth of her love for this man surprises her, for in the past the love of money overshadowed her more human qualities. Unfortunately, the youth's father knows about her past and demands that she stop seeing his son. Camille, wanting only what is best for him makes this sacrifice and spurns him and returns to the unpleasant baron. Soon afterward, the poor love-struck woman dies of consumption.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Greta Garbo
as Marguerite
Robert Taylor
as Armand
Henry Daniell
as Baron de Varville
Elizabeth Allan
as Nichette
Jessie Ralph
as Nanine
Lenore Ulric
as Olympe
Rex O'Malley
as Gaston
Russell Hardie
as Gustave
E.E. Clive
as Saint Gaudens
Marion Ballou
as Corinne
Joan Brodel
as Marie Jeanette
Joan Leslie
as Marie Jeanette
June Wilkins
as Louise
Fritz Leiber
as Valentin
Elsie Esmonds
as Mme. Duval
Mariska Aldrich
as Friend of Camille
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
Edwin Maxwell
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Camille

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

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

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Full Review… | January 15, 2009
Urban Cinefile

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
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.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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