Queen Christina

Queen Christina

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


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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: 09/01/1998
UPC: 0027616053138
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Warner)

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

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Queen Christina 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ranks as one of Greta Garbo's best films. Her portrayal of Queen Christina is scintillating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Queen Christina is most interesting film that Greta Garbo has ever made in her awesome career. The film starts with young Christina becomes Queen Christina of Sweden. Then we later see that Christina is having questionable relationship with those who are working for her. The pressure of being Queen has taken its toll on Christina because she is being ask to marrying her cousin Prince Charles in order to have heir to the throne of Sweden. Then one day, Christina decides to escape from Sweden and meet her future lover named Antonio on the way when carriage of Antonio becomes stuck in the snow and Christina help him out. However, Antonio thought Christina is male because she is wearing pants. Then both of them went to the inn but the circumstances force them to share room. When Christina and Antonio retire to their room, it is when Christina reveal herself to be Queen of Sweden, thus start love of 3 days. The best part is when Queen Christina is touching everything in that room, whom she is sharing with Antonio with him looking her trying memorizing the room. This is outstanding film that I've ever seen, great character study, memorable ending, great chemistry between Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. I'm recommending this film to every film buff. I'm serious, you need to check this film out.