Mary Poppins Returns
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Chief fault with Christina is its lethargy. It is slow and ofttimes stilted.
[Garbo] turns her character into a living entity, extracts real emotion from the script's purple clumps, and glides through Mamoulian's winding camera movements with grace, wit and beauty.
A skillful blend of history and fiction in which the Nordic star, looking as alluring as ever, gives a performance which merits nothing but the highest praise. She appears every inch a queen.
It must be said that this film gives great pleasure to the eye. The usual Hollywood glitter is replaced by harmonies of light and shade exceptionally well handled.
The sheer presence of Garbo in this startlingly profound performance it completely and utterly mesmerizing, and an experience that can't really be done justice on the small screen.
Not a pacey film, but, overall, almost as beautiful as Garbo herself, who, in the end, makes the picture.
Decades later, Queen Christina remains one of Garbo's most poignant, touching, and enjoyable films, showing the Divine in all her glory.
This is one of the few Garbo performances that hasn't dated badly.
Rueben Mamoulian may have taken great liberty to change the historical facts to fit his film but it's a very entertaining one especially because Garbo is in every scene.
Worth it for pairing of Garbo and Gilbert alone.
We are left to regard Garbo's beauty and guess at her thoughts as she sails to a destiny only she can see.
Unfortunately, once the film turns into a romance, the movie degenerates into a snoozy Catholic vs. Protestant melodrama as Christina is wooed by a Spanish noble.
This is one of Greta Garbo's better roles, playing the title role of Queen of Sweden Christina. She decides to go out alone -- dressed as a young man -- to get away from all the hubbub of being a royal. In a small inn, she meets John Gilbert, a Spanish envoy on his way to Sweden to meet with Queen Christina, whom he has never met. He believes her to be a young man, and they are forced to share a room in the crowded inn. He discovers her identity and they fall in love. Quite a bit of homoeroticism tinges this film, from Christina's hinted-at affair with one of her ladies-in-waiting, to Gilbert's attraction to whom he believes to be a boy. The idea that anyone could mistake Garbo for a boy is preposterous, of course. Some beautiful camera work inside the castle makes up for some shoddy back projection during Christina's travels. Garbo's performance is a little overly dramatic, as many of her talking parts were, but the end shot, where she sails off to a new life, is the stuff of legend.
UPDATE: Saw this again today, and am upping my rating a star. That might be a bit generous, but every time I see this film (I think I'm up to about a half dozen) the better I like Garbo's performance.
Epic, tragic and ripe with pre-code innuendo. Garbo is such a terrific star, not because she elevates her characters but because she makes them so damn personable. It's hard not to love her.
I am not a fan. There's a kind of simplicity to old movies you never get in modern times anymore, and sometimes it's a downfall. It was like The Scarlet Empress without all the good parts - the psychotics, the innuendo, the lavish visuals. Basically, it's Greta Garbo parading around in men's clothing looking strong and slightly lesbian. I only like Greta Garbo when she's glamourous, sorry.
Entertaining fiction of the life of Swenden's queen. The last shoot is truly amazing.
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