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8.31 /10
Greta Garbo , Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore
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Directed by: George Cukor
Written by: Zoe Akins, Frances Marion, James Hilton from Alexandere Dumas fils's novel and play La Dame aux Camelias

Released: 1936
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 108

An innocent young man (Robert Taylor) falls for a dying courtesan (Greta Garbo).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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One of the most unashamedly glamorous, romantic movies ever made, it also shows why Garbo was a star. She's totally miscast - never for one moment can one believe that her character is really a whore - and yet it's impossible to take one's eyes off her. Her magical performance (her most popular with the public) is really a triumph of the studio system, for Cukor's sensitive direction, Adrian's pale costumes and William Daniels's exquisite cinematography all helped to create the Garbo image - and it was studio head Irving Thalberg who ordered Cukor to reshoot the famous death scene shorter, and on a chaise-longue rather than a bed (it proved to be Thalberg's last film). Robert Taylor isn't in the same league as regards acting ability or charisma, but he is touchingly young and handsome. William Danieli is a tremendous villain.

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