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Queen Christina

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A movie directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Arguably Greta Garbo's best MGM movie--depending how you feel aboutCamilleandNinotchka--this tale of the 17th-century Swedish monarch who preferred men's togs to gowns plays the most provocative games with the great star's ambisexual personality. At … see full wiki

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Director: Rouben Mamoulian
1 review about Queen Christina

Garbo's most sensitive screen performance

  • May 24, 2009
Rating:
+4
QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933) was the first movie which Greta Garbo made as part of a secret development deal with MGM studios. Other stars like Clark Gable had campaigned without success to head their own production units inside the MGM gates. When it became clear that Garbo wouldn't submit to the same rules and restrictions as other contract players, a deal was brokered so that she would continue--under a reduced workload--as one of MGM's most valuable box office attractions during the lean years of the Depression.

With a script tailored by good friend Salka Viertel and sensitive direction from Rouben Mamoulian (with whom she'd later have a torrid affair), QUEEN CHRISTINA is one of Garbo's most effective and personal films, the story of Sweden's legendary Queen Christina, a woman renowned for her affairs with both sexes. The character's bisexual leanings--painted so blatantly in Garbo's scenes with Elizabeth Young (as Christina's lady-in-waiting)--leave precious little doubt as to their true relationship.

QUEEN CHRISTINA also marked the end of Garbo's screen partnership with John Gilbert. Although the two had enjoyed a long-standing relationship off the screen (exploited to tremendous effect in such silent classics as "Love" and "Flesh and the Devil"), it had ended by the time that Gilbert played Don Antonio to Garbo's Christina. He sadly passed away three years after his performance.

Regarded by most as Garbo's greatest performance, QUEEN CHRISTINA deserves a place in every classic movie collection.

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