Camille (1936)

“Cows and chickens make better friends than I’ve ever met in Paris. ” – Marguerite

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A popular socialite in Paris must choose between two very different suitors once she finally decides that she needs to settle down.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my quest to watch all movies that have garnered Oscar nominations for its cast members.

The story gives us a very interesting view of a love triangle and comes across as being both universal and timeless in the way that they present things.

Greta Garbo is superb in the lead and is helped by a very talented and intriguing supporting cast.

Garbo was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film which is largely considered among her very best performances of her career.

She lost to Louise Rainer who did some great things with her character and won for her work in The Good Earth (1937).

Garbo has really strong chemistry with both of her suitors and that makes it even more difficult to choose between Robert Taylor and Henry Daniell.

This film’s overall story has been redone numerous times over the past 8 decades since this originally came out but this film still hold up quite well despite that.

Bottom Line – Very interesting film that gives the opportunity to see how love triangles are quite universal and timeless.  The cast is great and is led by Garbo who shows how powerful and actress she can be. She was rightfully nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here, yet lost to Rainer who did something great with her role too. Garbo has great chemistry with her two suitors played by Taylor and Daniell. The overall story is one that has been redone numerous times in the 80+ years since this film was made, but it still works quite well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Many people found Greta Garbo’s process as an actress inscrutable, though no one questioned it because the results spoke for themselves. Her habit was to work out a performance ahead of time in private as much as possible. Too many eyes on her in front of the camera made her uneasy. As George Cukor once explained, “[Garbo] said that when she was acting she had some sort of an ideal picture in her mind – something she was creating – and she never saw the rushes because she was always disappointed in what she saw. But she said while she was acting she could imagine certain things and if she saw people just off the set staring at her, she felt like an ass, like somebody with a lot of paint on her face making faces. It stopped her imagination.” (From IMDB)

Rating – ??? Worthy (?/10)


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