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Queen Christina

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  Queen Christina Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
8.50 /10
Greta Garbo , John Gilbert, Ian Keith
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Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Written by: Salka Viertel, H.M.Harwood, S.N.Behrman

Released: 1933
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 101

In the 17th century , the queen of Sweden (Greta Garbo) ill-advisedly falls for the Spanish ambassador (John Gilbert).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Romantic tosh, raised well above the average by Garbo, who is beautiful, mysterious, and passionate in the title role. The final, enigmatic shot of her on the prow of the ship is one of the most famous - and romantic - in screen history. Just for the record, the real Queen Christina was a short, fat, ugly lesbian who never bathed, and smelled so bad that few of her courtiers ventured within 20 feet of her.

"I want your face to be a blank piece of paper. I want the writing to be done by every member of the audience. I'd like it if you could avoid blinking your eyes, so that you're nothing but a beautiful mask."
(Director Mamoulian's instructions to Garbo for the final shot.)

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