Marguerite Gautier (Greta Garbo) is a beautiful but jaded courtesan living in mid-nineteenth century Paris. Marguerite's decadent lifestyle leads her to seek the company of rich men, often against her better judgment. Her choices leave her purse full, but her heart empty. One night, however, she meets Armand Duval (Robert Taylor), who is handsome, charming and utterly bewitched by her. Unfortunately, Armand's meager fortune can't compare to her other suitors and she doesn't take him seriously. Gradually, however, Armand's sincerity wins her over and she decides to give up everything for true love. With her health quickly declining due to tuberculosis, Marguerite and Armand escape to the idyllic countryside for one beautiful summer together. However, interference from Armand's father (Lionel Barrymore) and Marguerite's bitter ex-lover (Henry Daniell) threatens to tear them apart.
Director: George Cukor
Writers: Zoe Akins, Frances Marion, James Hilton
Based on the Novel La Dame aux Camelias
By: Alexandre Dumas, fils
Producer: David Lewis
Cinematography: William Daniels, Karl Freund
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Editing: Margaret Booth
Music Composer: Herbert Stothart
Sound: Douglas Shearer
Cast: Greta Garbo (Marguerite Gautier), 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), Rex O'Malley (Gaston), Russell Hardie (Gustave).
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Why CAMILLE is Essential
More than 75 years after its release in 1936, Camille
is still considered one of the great on-screen love stories of all time. With its beautiful and tragic story of romance between star-crossed lovers, Camille
has endured through the generations, remaining timeless in its universal appeal.
The role of the doomed Marguerite in Camille
is one of screen legend Greta Garbo's signature roles and it earned her an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. The film showcases Garbo at the pinnacle of her career and beauty, and many believe it is the actress' best performance.
There have been numerous film versions of Alexandre Dumas, fils.' famed novel La Dame aux Camelias
, but MGM's sumptuous 1936 production of Camille
is considered the definitive and classic version of the story.
According to the New York Times
in 1937, Camille
, the original story and play from Alexandre Dumas, fils., is "less a play than an institution. Just as Hamlet is the measure of the great actor, so has the Dumas fils' classic become the ultimate test of the dramatic actress." Director George Cukor believed that Garbo met that acting challenge of playing Marguerite spot-on. "You have conquered every difficulty in re-creating this role," Cukor reportedly told Garbo. "No actress will ever surpass you."
marked the first time that Greta Garbo and director George Cukor--two giants of the classic Hollywood cinema-- ever worked together. The film brought together two monumental talents, and the resulting classic that was born of that collaboration speaks for itself. Garbo and Cukor worked just one more time together on 1941's Two-Faced Woman
, which was also Garbo's last film before she retired from making movies.
by Andrea Passafiume