Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Cast: Greta Garbo
Ian Keith Lewis Stone
C. Aubrey Smith
Gustav Von Seyffertitz
Screenwriters: Salka Vierel and Peg LeVino
Adapted from Faith Compton
MacKenzie's Sybil of the North
MGM Home Entertainment
||This outstanding but fictionalized
movie starring Greta Garbo as Queen Christina focuses upon Christina's
conflict between public and personal life, and her love for the Spanish
Ambassador, Don Antonio de Pimentel. In the film, escaping from the restrictions
of royal life, she rides away from the palace, disguised as a male,
and is snowbound at an inn where she incognito shares the last room with
Don Antonio. Later, she renounces the throne not because of Catholicism
or unwillingness to marry, but because she wishes "to be a human being"
and to marry Don Antonio.
Christina: Oh, and this great joy I feel now...This is how the Lord must have felt when he first beheld the finished world with all his creatures breathing, living.
Don Antonio: And to think a few snowdrifts might have separated us forever... We're inevitable, don't you feel it?
Christina: I feel it. But you, how can you be so sure? You know me so little.
Don Antonio: That's true. There's a mystery in you.
from QUEEN CHRISTINA, the movie
"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!"
At the end of the film, after she has abdicated as Queen and she is exiled from Sweden, Don Antonio dies in her arms. Christina stands as a silent figurehead at the bow of the ship, the wind blowing through her hair, as the camera zooms in on the blank, enigmatic expression on her face. What was the thinking at the time? Director Rouben Mamoulian told her to think about "nothing... absolutely nothing.....I want your face to be a blank sheet of paper. I want the writig to be done by everyone in the audience."
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|"I have been a symbol of eternal changelessness, an abstraction. A human being is mortal and changeable, with desires and impurities, hopes and despairs. I'm tired of being a symbol, chancellor. I long to be a human being - it's a longing I cannot suppress." Greta Garbo as Queen Christina|
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