Camille

1936

Camille

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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.

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Cast

Greta Garbo
as Marguerite
Henry Daniell
as Baron de Varville
E.E. Clive
as Saint Gaudens
Joan Leslie
as Marie Jeanette
Joan Brodel
as Marie Jeanette
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
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Critic Reviews for Camille

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

  • Miss Garbo, as Marguerite Gauthier, the weak-chested Lady of the Camelias, coughing delicately into a lace hanky, never looked or languished better.

    Jan 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.'

    Jan 28, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Greta Garbo in a wan but beautiful performance as the famous invalid. A splendidly produced and worth-while picture.

    Jul 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.

    Aug 17, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 21, 2010 | Rating: 62/100 | Full Review…
  • Garbo gives her most accomplished and touching performance in Cukor's 1937 version of Camille; Robert Taylor is good too as her younger lover.

    Jun 29, 2005 | Rating: A | 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.
    . . Super Reviewer
  • 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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