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ice cube for my heart.
the lead character dumped her country for a dead douche bag. other than that ..a victory for story making.
I'm a big Garbo fan, and this movie has both my favorite performance of hers as well as one of my overall favorite movie lines- her response when she's warned that she'll die an old maid. The way she delivers it is just perfect, as is her whole performance. When she was pretending to be a man, she somehow managed to make it convincing even though she was in full makeup! I've seen this several times and still love it. It's one of those old Hollywood movies that makes me amazed at how they could recreate so well a certain time and place on just a studio set.The one fault for me is, I'm afraid, John Gilbert. I'm sheepish about this because he did need the break. However, it's too bad that Olivier wasn't cast, as I've heard he was going to be. Though maybe not too bad- I'd have been sad if it had been Olivier who died at the end! Gilbert is the one who famously had such a high pitched voice that audiences couldn't accept his transition from silents to talkies. I'm not sure of the truth of this- I didn't mind his voice at all; it was his acting I didn't like! I'm not doubting he was a great actor in general; I just didn't like him here. He wasn't equal to Garbo as Christina.It was also fun to look up the actual history. The movie is fairly accurate in certain ways, except that the person Gilbert was based on didn't die (and apparently wasn't actually a love interest either).
- kevin sellers
Saw this film again recently and I wish to amend my previous review, which was composed in a spasm of anti Garbo stupidity. She's not stiff at all, as I wrote earlier. Instead, she speaks and moves with a lithe, playful naturalness and grace that is most captivating. Some of the vaunted "brooding" close ups are a bit on the pretentious side, but all in all Garbo expertly inhabits the complex character of Christina. Since I am less versed in Swedish history than I am in thermodynamics I have no way of knowing if this is an accurate portrayal, but I'm not about to "Google" the gal, preferring rather to retain my illusions that there really was a wise, learned, romantic, lusty, bisexual babe who ruled this Scandanavian country in the 1600s. Credit screenwriters S.N. Behrman, Ben Hecht, H.N. Harwood and Salka Viertel for an intelligent, witty script that brings out these disparate emotions in Q.C. Unfortunately, Garbo's romantic co star is not on her level. This is the first time I've seen John Gilbert and, unless I'm very much mistaken, I'd have to say that he's a poor man's Errol Flynn. In other words she blows him outa the water in every scene they're in together. Ian Keith is similarly forgettable as Christina's other, more scheming amour. About the only actor who holds his own with the mysterious Swede is Lewis Stone as her grizzled counselor. So, taking it all in, including well paced, elegant direction by Rouben Mamoulian, let's give this film an A minus. And please disregard my crappy first review.
oh please tell me NO she didnt
- carole p heflebower
just watched the word of mouth clip on TCM for this movie..PLEASE PLEASE tell me that Cora Sue Collins did NOT say that Queen Christina was CORONATED!!!! OH MY.....your WV roots are showing...SIGH
A mirror to life?
It has surely been said before that this is perhaps the most emblematic of Garbo's films. As the Queen, she abdicates: "All my life I have been a symbol. A symbol is eternal, changeless...A human being is mortal...with desires and impulses, hopes and despairs. I am tired of being a symbol...I long to be a human being. This longing I cannot suppress." Garbo herself was later to abdicate from her role as a symbol of Hollywood royalty. As well, the Queen's lover, the Spanish ambassador played by John Gilbert, died, as Gilbert, her lover, was to die a scant 3 years later.
- kevin sellers
Am I alone in finding the great Garbo not all that great? Especially in a costume drama like this she seems stiff and one dimensional and not particularly alluring or mysterious. Let's just say that I'd trade all of her glowerings and husky voiced commands for one sensual Julie Christie smile. Hell, even Ann Margaret's preferable.
I would like to correct two assertions made by previous reviewers. First, Mamoulian did not cast Garbo in this film. In a contract she signed with her studio, MGM, in 1932, Garbo was given more control over her films, directors, and co-stars. She chose to make Queen Christina, Mamoulian to direct, and Gilbert to co-star. Second, Garbo's relationship with Gilbert ended five years before the making of this movie. Which is, in my view, a splendid Garbo picture by the way! Certainly one of ther best.
- Dashiell Barnes
An overlooked film from Garbo's filmography. Garbo & Gilbert, her real-life lover, are excellent as a Swedish Queen & a Spanish ambassador whose responsibilities hinder their romance. Lavish costumes & sets bring the era to life, however the story gets dull 2/3 into the film. A finely-made story that allows Garbo to dominate the screen. I give it a 3.5/5.
- Mark Sutch
Movie Beyond Times! Masterpiece!
- Marcin Kukuczka
On December, the 26th, 1933 Rouben Mamoulian's great production about the Swedish queen was released. Greta Garbo (1905-1990), a Swedish actress already famous for her roles in silent movies and some sound films, like Anna Christie (1930), was cast to play the main role by Rouben Mamoulian for the first time in her new contract. Perhaps, the producers with the director expected some success, but certainly nobody could think of the movie being watched and admired in the 21st century...The story of Christina is changed; however, it does not make a serious distortion. The movie shows a lot of true facts from her life (her coronation in 1632 and her desire for peace) as well as some additional events (she did not abdicate for love). But, like with most other films, history had to be interpreted to the need of the audience of the 1930s.The movie is mostly famous for dealing with Christina's desire for personal happiness and love affair between Christina and the Spanish ambassador Don Antonio De Pimentel (John Gilbert). The most memorable scene, for me personally, is their first meeting in an inn. The way Mr Mamoulian showed it is really extraordinary: nothing vulgar or open without taboo. Grapes which are a reference either to Ancient Greece and god Bachus or to Spain, Antonio's homeland. Christina is showed walking through the room and touching all objects in order to memorize them. Greta Garbo gives one of her finest performances in this memorable scene. REALLY SENSIBLE SCENE THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO SHOOT NOWADAYS! And that chemistry between Garbo and Gilbert... so much reminds me of the silent masterwork FLESH AND THE DEVIL.A wonderful film truely beyond times and cultures! A pearl of Hollywood's golden years! Something you see and never forget
a perfect movie,a true masterpiece
- charles delacruz
this movie is one of the best movies i have ever saw in my life and i wish todays movies were as good as they were in the 30s to the 60s christina will always be remembered on tcm because this movie is a true classic.GRETA GARBO SHOULD HAVE NEVER DIED!!!!
Garbo & Gilbert, but Mostly Garbo
Watching Greta Garbo act with her real love interest, John Gilbert, in "Queen Christina" is at once delicious & amusing. The most amusing scenes are when "Antonio" & "Christina" are enclosed in an inn's bed with the Spanish entourage & innkeepers believing they are both men. In the meantime, "Antonio" (Gilbert) doesn't know she's the queen. Garbo's performance is my favorite of all of hers. I wish TCM would air this wonderful film.
- Cesar Barron
Garbo plays the role of Queen Christina with aplomb and authority truly befitting a monarch. The romantic scenes are exquisite, in particular the famous "ballet" scene, and the ending is heartbreaking without bordering on corny.