Queen Christina of Sweden is a dominant European ruler in the 17th century, and has never thought of romance. However, she accidentally and secretly falls in love with an emissary from Spain, even though a marriage between the two seems out of the question.Written by
One of the most daring scenes of the pre-Code era involves Queen Christina (Greta Garbo) chancing to hear the fiancé of Ebba (Elizabeth Young) chiding her for her broken promises to tell her mistress of their love and thus break free of her sexual grip. When she hears Ebba refer to her as "dominating," Christina is visibly heartbroken, going on to accuse Ebba of having "pretended to be interested me." Once the girl's fiancé is dismissed, Ebba's transparent facial cast reveals her preference for the love of the queen, but she clearly has no words with which to express it, which leads Christina to renounce her. See more »
Christina is depicted as loved by her people. The real Christina, however, was, by the end of her reign, unpopular due to her arbitrary and wasteful ways, and having her royal historian and his son executed for accusing her of serious misbehavior and being a Jezebel. See more »
Spoils. Glory. Flags and trumpets. What is behind these high sounding words ? Death and destruction. Triumphals of crippled men. Sweden victorious in a ravaged Europe. An island in a dead sea. I tell you, I want no more of it! I want for my people, security and happiness. I want to cultivate the arts of peace. The arts of life! I want peace and peace I will have!
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Don't step on Greta Garbo/If you walk down the boulevard...
...She looks so weak and so frail That's why she tried to be so hard , But they turned her into a princess And they sat her on a throne, But she turned her back on stardom Because she wanted to be alone.
(Ray Davies,"Celluloid heroes" ,1972)
"Queen Christina" is my favorite Garbo movie and I must not be the only one to be fond of it."Queen Christina" is the story of the actress herself ;the queen abdicates as the star would do eight years later.Like the queen leaves her people weeping they cried a river over the star.
Christina is a modern character,ahead of her time,tired of war and who takes love over marriage of convenience ,who protects arts ,notably literature (funny how she loves Molière and his "Précieuses Ridicules" ).One should note that,even if it's not mentioned in the movie,she did come to France where she visited courtesan Ninon de Lenclos ,then imprisoned in a convent because of her "scandalous" life .
Like Garbo herself,she was a legend in her lifetime and
she would die an enigma to the word,like king of Bavaria ,Ludwig der Zweite ,who lived three centuries after her and who was a bit like her.
The scene at the inn has been plagiarized many times since.Garbo's androgynous beauty works wonders ."A handsome young lord such as you cannot sleep alone tonight,can he?" .Definitely not.
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