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Camille

  • Directed by George Cukor
  • United States, 1936, 109 mins., English

A smoldering romantic barn-burner adapted from an Alexandre Dumas story, Camille was one of the most successful films of both star Greta Garbo’s and director George Cukor’s respective careers. In the Cukor’s case, the film is something of an unusual entry in his body of work, as he would become mostly known for intelligent comedies in subsequent years. But Camille is something of a straightforwardly tragic affair, following Garbo as Marguerite, a dissatisfied upper-class socialite with a decidedly working-class background, which creates problems when she falls in love with Armand (Robert Taylor), a young man of considerable means. Conflict aroused by Marguerite’s own feelings about her past and the narrow perspective of Armand’s demanding father creates a tense, cutting atmosphere of stifling high-society mores.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by George Cukor

The Women

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