Queen Christina

Queen Christina

DVD - 2005
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Portrayal of the 17th century Queen of Sweden who relinquishes her throne for her lover, the ambassador from Spain.
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9781419807558
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 QUE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 21, 2018

I guess when this movie first came out it was "shocking" to an audience. I mean, women back then that dressed or behaved masculine were shunned with scorn, especially any lesbian or bi women. Garbo was bisexual, and Queen Christina in real life was not straight. And she was supposedly very unattractive too in real life.

After watching "The Girl King", I felt inspired to watch Garbo's portrayal of the 17th century Swedish queen. Boy, was I disappointed! In contrast to the aforementioned film, Garbo's depiction was further from the mark! Queen Christina did NOT have any romances with men! In fact, she was infatuated with Sparre, her handmaiden and "bedfellow". I don't know where this Spaniard guy came in but it was inaccurate, at least from what I read about the queen.

I admit that both movies were not perfect or truly accurate to who Quern Christina was, but if I had to choose I would say the depiction in "The Girl King" was better. I recommend that you watch that movie instead of Garbo's.

Jun 10, 2018

Interesting film. I can see how this film shocked 30's audiences.

Jan 03, 2015

Rouben Mamoulian’s mostly fabricated historical weeper centres on the politically problematic romance between Sweden’s Queen Christina (1626 - 1689) and Spanish envoy Don Antonio. Orphaned when her father King Gustav fell on the battlefield, Christina ascended to the throne at the tender age of six where she proved to be an apt pupil in everything from philosophy to statecraft. Sick of Sweden’s constant wars with its European neighbours the adult Christina invited key foreign dignitaries to Stockholm in an effort to hammer out a series of peace treaties. One such dignitary, Spaniard Don Antonio (a Catholic), bypassed Christina’s court and landed squarely in her bed—a liaison which didn’t sit well with her Protestant subjects. Thus torn between her duties of state and her love for Antonio Christina was forced into making a decision that would change her life forever. With a supporting cast of angry peasants and scheming nobles to offer some historical context the luminous Greta Garbo (looking nothing like the actual queen who was in fact a pockmarked hunchback) vogues for all she’s worth while leading man John Gilbert struggles, and fails, to keep up. There are allusions to Christina’s fierce intelligence and beneficent support of the arts, Garbo’s final throne room scenes certainly carry an air of dignity, but so much emphasis is placed on soft focus close-ups and straining hormones (the Hays Office must have had a field day with all that implied sex) that any relation to historical fact seems almost incidental. But the cinematography is wonderful with sunbeams slanting across regal chambers and snowy ramparts alike, and a shockingly erotic interlude involving firelight and grapes. In short, it’s one hell of a story if only it was true.

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