Camille (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1936Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , , from the play and novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1937.

 is excellent in this age-old, oft-told tale of a reckless courtesan who falls in love with an earnest and devastatingly rich man ().  Naturally, his father asks her for his son’s sake to back off and let the guy marry a virgin, so she goes and gets consumption in order to not be in the way any longer. Garbo’s intense performance keeps you from seeing it as schlock, even today, and every frame is filled with beautifully dreamy black-and-white photography.

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