Queen Christina

Queen Christina

Greta Garbo
Director: Rouben Mamoulian Cast: Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
, John Gilbert
John Gilbert
, Ian Keith
Ian Keith
Rouben Mamoulian

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Overview

If Queen Christina is not the best of Greta Garbo's films (as many Garbo fanatics insist), it is certainly the most luxuriously romantic of her talkie features. The star is cast as 17th-century Swedish queen Christina, who feels that she can best function in a male-dominated world by adopting men's clothes and attitudes (this cross-dressing element adds a subliminally gay subtext which curiously makes the subsequent events all the more poignant). Fiercely devoted to her country and the welfare of her people, Christina has long since abandoned all thoughts of pursuing any kind of a romance -- but changes her mind when she meets and falls in love with Spanish envoy Antonio (John Gilbert). After an idyllic night together, Christina and Antonio are compelled to part, but the Queen vows then and there to relinquish her throne in favor of marriage to the envoy. Alas, the complex political machinations between their two countries permanently separate the two lovers, leaving Christina more alone in the world than ever. The chemistry between Garbo and Gilbert -- who as the whole world knew in 1933 had once been real-life lovers -- is positively mesmerizing, especially in the classic scene wherein Christina, after consummating their passion, walks dreamily around their room, touching and memorizing every detail (so persuasive is her pantomime in this scene that her last-minute explanation as to what she is doing is not only unnecessary, but downright jarring). Equally unforgettable is the final shot of Garbo staring enigmatically past the camera, allowing the viewer to "fill in" her thoughts (director Rouben Mamoulian always claimed that he ordered Garbo to think about "absolutely nothing," but one wonders). While some of Garbo's earliest talkies tend to creak a bit, Queen Christina is as fascinating today as it was nearly seven decades ago, and will undoubtedly continue to remain just as fascinating for the next seven decades.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2019
UPC: 0883929690039
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 30,549

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Queen Christina
John Gilbert Don Antonio de la Prada
Ian Keith Count Magnus
Lewis Stone Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna
Elisabeth Young Countess Ebba
C. Aubrey Smith Aage
Reginald Owen Prince Charles
David Torrence Archbishop
Gustav von Seyffertitz General
Ferdinand Munier Innkeeper
Richard Alexander Peasant in Crowd
Barbara Barondess Bits
Wade Boteler Rabble Rouser
Edward Gargan Fellow Drinker
Lawrence Grant Bits
Sam Harris Nobleman
Paul Hurst Swedish Soldier
Fred Kohler Member of the Court
Edward Norris Count Jacob
Georges Renavent French Ambassador
Cora Sue Collins Christina (younger)
Akim Tamiroff Pedro

Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
H.M. Harwood Screenwriter
Margaret R. Levino Original Story
Blanche Sewell Editor
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alexander Toluboff Art Director
Salka Viertel Original Story,Screenwriter
Walter Wanger Producer
Edwin B. Willis Art Director,Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Queen Christina
1. Credits. [:50]
2. Young Christina. [3:49]
3. They Clamor. [3:01]
4. Peacemaker. [4:45]
5. Wakeup Callers. [4:08]
6. Cramped With Duty. [4:30]
7. Smile Through Disappointment. [3:33]
8. Tip From A Wayfarer. [2:52]
9. Best Room At The Inn. [2:42]
10. Love's Illusions. [6:26]
11. Room Sharers. [3:30]
12. Undressing; Chocolate. [4:42]
13. Memorizing The Room. [4:29]
14. We'll Meet Again. [3:22]
15. Warm Consideration At Court. [6:05]
16. Friendly Warning. [2:05]
17. Wanting Her Room Back. [2:57]
18. Agitating The Mob. [3:34]
19. I Shall Not Submit. [2:39]
20. Long Live The Queen. [3:20]
21. Personal Protection. [4:52]
22. Heritage Of Duty. [3:38]
23. My Abdication. [4:15]
24. Off Comes The Crown. [3:08]
25. Duel On The Frontier. [3:33]
26. We Sail With The Wind. [4:27]
27. Facing Her Destiny. [1:44]

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