Queen Christina (1933)




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Greta Garbo stars as the title character, a 17th-century Swedish monarch whose life is chronicled from her rise to the throne, to the moment she gave it up for the love of a Spanish ambassador.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Greta Garbo
as Queen Christina
John Gilbert
as Don Antonio de la Prada
Lewis Stone
as Chancellor Oxenstierna
Ian Keith
as Magnus
Elizabeth Young
as Ebba Sparre
Elisabeth Young
as Countess Ebba
Reginald Owen
as Prince Charles
Georges Renavent
as French Ambassador
David Torrence
as Archbishop
Ferdinand Munier
as Innkeeper
Cora Sue Collins
as Christina as a Child
Edward Norris
as Count Jacob
Paul Hurst
as Swedish Soldier
Edward Gargan
as Fellow Drinker
Wade Boteler
as Rabble Rouser
Fred Kohler Jr.
as Member of the Court
Richard Alexander
as Peasant in Crowd
Sam Harris
as Nobleman
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Critic Reviews for Queen Christina

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Chief fault with Christina is its lethargy. It is slow and ofttimes stilted.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014
Empire Magazine

Not a pacey film, but, overall, almost as beautiful as Garbo herself, who, in the end, makes the picture.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014
Radio Times

Decades later, Queen Christina remains one of Garbo's most poignant, touching, and enjoyable films, showing the Divine in all her glory.

Full Review… | June 23, 2012

Audience Reviews for Queen Christina

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.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer


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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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