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as Baron de Varville
as Saint Gaudens
as Marie Jeanette
as Marie Jeanette
as Mme. Duval
as Friend of Camille
as De Musset
as Madame Barjon
as Grandma Duval
as Georges Sand
Critic Reviews for Camille
Miss Garbo, as Marguerite Gauthier, the weak-chested Lady of the Camelias, coughing delicately into a lace hanky, never looked or languished better.
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.
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.
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.
A touching story, but the movie doesn't make it as exciting as it sounds.
|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.|