Camille

Camille

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Director: George Cukor

Cast: George Cukor, Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore

     
 

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Greta Garbo enjoyed one of her greatest triumphs in this glossy adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' oft-filmed romantic tragedy. Here, Garbo stars as Marguerite Gauthier, who is born into humble circumstances but in time becomes Dame aux Camille, one of the most glamorous courtesans in Paris. Camille is kept by the wealthy and powerful Baron de Varville (Henry Daniell),… See more details below

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Greta Garbo enjoyed one of her greatest triumphs in this glossy adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' oft-filmed romantic tragedy. Here, Garbo stars as Marguerite Gauthier, who is born into humble circumstances but in time becomes Dame aux Camille, one of the most glamorous courtesans in Paris. Camille is kept by the wealthy and powerful Baron de Varville (Henry Daniell), but after many years of earning a good living from her beauty without finding true love, Camille's heart is stolen by Armand (Robert Taylor), a handsome but slightly naive young man who doesn't know how she came by her fortune. Armand is just as attracted to Camille as she is to him, and she's prepared to give up the Baron and his stipend to be with Armand. However, Armand's father (Lionel Barrymore) begs Camille to turn away from his son, knowing her scandalous past could ruin his future. Realizing the painful wisdom of this, Camille rejects Armand, who continues to pursue her even as Camille contracts a potentially fatal case of tuberculosis. Remarkably, even though this was one of Garbo's greatest commercial and critical successes, she would make only three more films before her retirement in 1941; Camille, however, would be filmed several more times following this version (most memorably by elegant sexploitation auteur Radley Metzger in 1969's Camille 2000).

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Camille is among MGM's most lavish productions of the 1930s, and features what many critics consider to be Greta Garbo's greatest film performance. Among the last of the projects overseen by studio production chief Irving Thalberg, the film boasted MGM's customary collection of behind-the-camera all-stars, including director George Cukor, whose patient attention to Garbo helped her to find just the right tone for her role. The supporting cast is similarly solid, highlighted by standouts Henry Daniell and Laura Hope Crews. They help to deflect attention from the film's weaker scenes, most of which involve Lionel Barrymore as the father of the frustrated suitor (Robert Taylor). Despite spending the latter part of the film succumbing to illness, Garbo looks radiant, thanks to her Adrian gowns and William Daniels' loving cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
UPC:
0012569524637
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Marguerite Gauthier/Camille
Robert Taylor Armand Duval
Lionel Barrymore Monsieur Duval
Elizabeth Allan Nichette
Jessie Ralph Nanine
Henry Daniell Baron de Varville
Lenore Ulric Olympe
Laura Hope Crews Prudence Duvernoy
Rex O'Malley Gaston
Russell Hardie Gustave
E.E. Clive Saint Gaudens
Douglas Walton Henri
Marion Ballou Corinne
Joan Brodel Marie Jeanette
June Wilkins Louise
Fritz Leiber Valentin
Mariska Aldrich Friend of Camille
John Bryan De Musset
Georgia Caine Streetwalker
Mabel Colcord Madame Barjon
Elspeth Dudgeon Attendant
Effie Ellsler Grandma Duval
Rex Evans Companion
Sibyl Harris Georges Sand
Olaf Hytten Croupier
Gwendolen Logan Governess
Eily Malyon Therese
Edwin Maxwell Doctor
Joan Leslie Marie Jeanette

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Zoë Akins Screenwriter
Margaret Booth Editor
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
David Lewis Associate Producer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
James Hilton Screenwriter
Bernard Hyman Producer
Frances Marion Screenwriter
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Irving G. Thalberg Producer
Edwin B. Willis Art Director

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