MORE 1001 MOVIES FROM THE 30's
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|Greta Garbo and those marvelous cheekbones|
in Queen Christina
I still have a few more 1930's Hollywood films from the 1001 list and a few others I've wanted to see thrown in for good measure) for me to go through. And since this was such a golden era for supporting players, I will give my Elisha Cook Jr. award for supporting players for each movie mostly because I enjoy doing it.
The 1001 book puts three Greta Garbo movies on the must see list. Ninotchka, the classic comedy from 1939, Camille, the romance novel come to life from 1936 and Queen Christina, the historical drama from 1933. Here Garbo plays the 17th century Swedish queen...who I have to admit reminds me of latter day Disney heroines in that she wants to escape from that provincial life like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, wants to escape the trappings of royalty like Jasmine in Aladdin and feels the need to pose as a man like the title character in Mulan. Christina does escape the castle and pose as a man, though it's a bit of a stretch to think that everyone can't tell that the exquisite Garbo is really a woman just because she wears a big hat. If you like Garbo, historical dramas, or pre-code talkies in general, you might find Queen Christina to your liking.
Censor alert: There is a scene with Christina and her lover in bed together which I'm sure would never have passed muster if the film had been released the next year after the restrictive Hays Code limiting what was appropriate to be shown in films was implemented.
|The austere Lewis Stone counsels Garbo|
in Queen Christina
My copy of Life
featuring Garbo on the cover
Queen Christina worked very well for me, at least the first half of it. At the time I did my own review of it I did a bit of research on the real Queen Christina and found a story there very much of Hollywood material. I would not be surprised if in a few years we saw an updated version of the movie.ReplyDelete
I really liked Queen Christina. It's worth looking into the history on her--she was a truly fascinating person...and may have been inadvertently responsible for the death of Rene Descartes.ReplyDelete
I think if you did an update of Queen Christina it would have to be in a completely different direction plotwise than this film.ReplyDelete