Camille Overview:

Camille (1936) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Irving Thalberg, Bernard H. Hyman and David Lewis.

The film was based on the novel The Lady of the Camellias (La Dame aux cam?lias) and also Stage Play written by Alexandre Dumas, fils published in 1848 (novel); Dec 24, 1917 - Feb 1918 (play performed at Empire Theatre, NY).


Garbo stars as a beautiful courtesan destroyed by her love for a young French nobleman. Based on the story by Alexandre Dumas. There were three silent versions and a '70s remake, but this is definitive, for both the story and our enduring memory of Garbo.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressGreta GarboNominated

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Twelve Shorts for the Shortest Month #1: Camille (2009)

By John Grant on Feb 1, 2020 From Noirish

Italy / 20 minutes / color / Sputnik Dir & Scr: Piero Costantini Pr: Albertina Passoni, Ado Costantini, Piero Costantini, Eleonora Cardellini Story: Eleonora Cardellini Cine: Blasco Giurato Cast: Laura Nardi, Amandio Pinheiro, Jacopo Robortella, Cristian Giammarini A remarkably spooky while at ... Read full article

The Women of Old Hollywood: Greta Garbo in Anna Christie and Camille

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 25, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

This article is the first in an occasional series about the portrayal of women in old Hollywood films. Today, my focus is on Greta Garbo's roles in Anna Christie (photo above) and Camille (1936). This article is also part of The Greta Garbo Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Holl... Read full article

Camille "a la" Nazimova - Chapter 2

By Inge Gregusch on Aug 19, 2013 From Creme de la Creme

IN PART ONE: Law student Armand Duval (Rudolph Valentino) met Parisian courtesan Marguerite Gautier, (Alla Nazimova) and was instantly attracted to her. At her post Opera party, he was horrified by the hangers-on with whom she surrounded herself, as well as by the serious illness she attempted to ... Read full article

Camille (1936)

By Beatrice on Jul 22, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Camille Directed by George Cukor 1936/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing #99 of 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this but it won me over almost immediately. ?I wonder whether Garbo was ever lovelier or more appealing than in MGM’s gloss... Read full article

Camille 'a la' Nazimova

By Inge Gregusch on Jul 11, 2013 From Creme de la Creme

In 1921, Alla Nazimova teamed up with Natacha Rambova to film a modern dress version of 'La Dame aux camelias' by Alexandre Dumas fils. Nazimova had been a smash hit on Broadway, starring in Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' and 'Hedda Gabler', even having a theatre named after her. Rambova, (born Winifre... Read full article

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Quotes from

Armand: Then you do love him. Dare to tell me that you love him. You're free of me forever.
Marguerite: [Armand grabs her] I love him.

Monsieur Duval: Please, give him up.
Marguerite: What should I do?
Monsieur Duval: Talk to him. Tell him he must leave you.
Marguerite: I have talked.
Monsieur Duval: Leave him.
Marguerite: He'd follow me.
Monsieur Duval: Tell him you don't love him.
Marguerite: He wouldn't believe me.

[Marguerite & Armand flirt by way of long glances]
Marguerite: His eyes have made love to me all evening.

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Facts about

Greta Garbo wore bedroom slippers under all her fancy dresses so she could be comfortable, as well as more naturalistic in her acting.
Greta Garbo's personal favorite of all her films.
The play originally opened in Paris on 2 February 1852. Alexandre Dumas fils based the character Marguerite on a woman with whom he had an affair for 11 months. She died when she was 23. The movie inspired Milton Benjamin to write and publish a song in 1936 called "I'll Love Like Robert Taylor, Be My Greta Garbo".
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