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Big screen classics


Garbo is radiant as Marguerite Gautier in this elegant adaptation of Dumas’ much-loved story.

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USA 1936
Dir George Cukor
With Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Daniell
Certificate PG

MGM’s sumptuous version of Alexandre Dumas’ La Dame aux Camélias boasts what is arguably Garbo’s greatest performance as Parisian courtesan Marguerite Gautier, kept by a wealthy baron but drawn to the young Armand (Taylor) who loves her despite her scandalous past. Cukor’s characteristically sensitive, sure-footed direction and the luminous camerawork (by William Daniels and Karl Freund) make for elegance and emotional depth.

The screening on Wednesday 28 August will be introduced by artist and film scholar Cathy Lomax.


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