NZIFF - Camille

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NZIFF - Camille

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  • George Cukor
  • Greta Garbo, 
    Robert Taylor, 
    Lionel Barrymore, 
    Elizabeth Allan, 
    Jessie Ralph, 
    Henry Daniell, 
    Lenore Ulric, 
    Laura Hope Crews, 
    Rex O’Malley
  • Classic, Drama, Film Festival, Romance
  • 109 MIN
  • 06 May 2017
Synopsis

The romantic tragedy of a worldly Parisian courtesan pressed to sacrifice her one true love by his ‘respectable’ family, Alexandre Dumas, fils’ The Lady of the Camellias has flourished in countless forms since its publication in 1848 – not least, since 1853, as Verdi’s La Traviata. There’s rarely been a more sumptuous production than this 1936 MGM classic, and there’s never been a more exquisitely heart-breaking Camille than Greta Garbo. This was her most popular performance – and everything about the movie is at her service: Adrian’s pale gowns, the rapt gaze of William Daniels’ cinematography, the objectification of handsome, callow Robert Taylor as her lover, and director George Cukor’s appreciation of screen acting genius.“After Garbo, people stopped doing Camille, because she had nailed it, because no one else was reckless enough to go near her gravity again… The bittersweet expressions on her face are by now the idiom of classic cinema. Everyone went to school on her… This is Hollywood at its best.” — David Thomson, Have You Seen…?

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