Queen Christina

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In Brief: Rouben Mamoulian's Queen Christina (1933) is probably the best film the legendary Greta Garbo ever made. It’s certainly in the running, and has two of the most iconic Garbo moments in her entire filmography. The film is more or less a biopic of the 17th-century queen of Sweden, but it’s not that interested in history. Its interest lies in being a romance, and it certainly succeeds at that. It also succeeds in making Garbo a much more human figure than was usually the case. But there’s more to the film than that (and Mamoulian’s brilliant stylistic approach). The film — taking advantage of its pre-code freedom — actually manages to not only touch on Christina’s bisexuality, but does some even more subversive gender-bending of its own. That’s certainly a surprise coming from conservative MGM.
Genre: Historical Romance
Director: Rouben Mamoulian (Love Me Tonight)
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone, C. Aubrey Smith
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Queen Christina Tuesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville, hosted by Xpress movie critic Ken Hanke.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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