Greta Garbo: Queen Christina

We are partnering with the silent film cycle "Greta Garbo, La Divine" at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux Pathé, and we are adding two talkies to the programme: "Queen Christina" and "Camille". Greta Garbo welcomed the arrival of talking cinema, stating that she hoped that it would make her roles more natural and expressive.
Black and white photography of Greta Garbo as Queen Christina, standing on a boat with her eyes towards the horizon.

In 1932, Greta Garbo, a worldwide star, obtained from Metro Goldwyn Mayer the right to choose the subject of her next film. It would be Queen Christina, a sumptuous historic saga and the portrait of a woman with a highly original personality. Greta Garbo became personally involved in the project, which was very close to her heart, and it would give her one of her greatest roles.

Christina is 5 years old when she is crowned queen. A few years later, when Sweden was a dominant European power, she consents to marry her cousin: a purely political match. The years by go and her life, whose every detail is planned in advance, begins to weigh on her. Christina decides to run away and takes to the road disguised as a boy. She meets a Spanish emissary with whom she falls madly in love. Torn between her duty as Queen and her desires as a woman, Christina must make a choice…

Watch the trailer 

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Screenplay: H.M. Harwood, Salka Viertel
With Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith
U.S.A, 1933, in English with French subtitles, black and white, 1hr 37mins, all audiences.

Screened in partnership with Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé.

Useful information

  • Admission free while seats last.
  • Tickets available from 18:30 onwards.