There is lesbian subtext in the relationship between Christina and her lady-in-waiting Ebbe. There is an on-screen kiss and hints at a very close relationship.
Christina has dialogue about love making and the number of her lovers.
This film was made in the Pre-Code era, a time when films allowed some content that was not allowed later. Dressing as a man, Queen Christina fools the Spanish ambassador with whom she is forced to share a room at a snowbound country inn but only until they undress for bed. They then begin a torrid affair. They don’t arise from their curtained bed at the inn for days. Otherwise, we simply see them kiss and embrace.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


1、 Greta Gustafson

People always say that every beautiful woman is a creation favored by God. But a woman like Garbo can’t help but bend down and kiss the back of her hand, so that she can enjoy the worship of all things.

In 1921, she lived in a crowded small apartment in Stockholm. In order to earn money to be a salesperson, she kept looking for acting opportunities. In the bread advertisement, she doesn’t care about the image of swallowing cream cake. She almost choked because she ate too quickly. At that time, her eyebrows were not tall and out of reach, chubby like a little woman, kind and gentle. She worked in many barber shops. Until now, some people in Sweden are still proud to tell tourists that Garbo had been an apprentice here.

Garbo’s acting career began to be careless. At first, he just performed recklessly in some short films, drove out for a ride, played and laughed with his friends.

At that time, her name was Greta Gustafson. No one knows her, and few people pay attention to her appearance. Movie tycoon Mayer despises her, criticizing that her legs are too thick, her chest is like a boy, and her teeth are not neat enough. It can be said that she is “unattractive”. In order to keep director Stiller, Mayer signed Garbo with a weekly salary of $350.

Morris Stiller is a mentor and friend of Garbo. He found her when she was a piece of jade and polished her several times and put her on the Hollywood booth. He is full of confidence and knows that the woman in his lens is enough to shock the world. The most ridiculous thing is that when Meyer saw the picture of Garbo again, he shouted regardless of the image, “who is she? Get her quickly!” She was like a sunset in the haze. The whole city was stirred up by her beauty. People only knew her name was Greta Garbo, as if the name was a spell to open a door to the temple.

After Jiabao became famous, she did not enjoy the joy of success for a moment. She was like a frightened deer, avoiding reporters and refusing to visit. She was moody, isolated and did not believe anyone. Strangely, the more she is like this, the more people chase her. Celebrities from all walks of life are always overwhelmed when they see her, and they are always nervous in the face of her. Even after years of success, Ingrid Bergman was speechless and sweaty like a little girl when he saw Garbo. Someone once recalled the scene when Jiabao walked into the party: the bustling crowd suddenly quieted down, and only the rustle of clothes could be heard. Everyone dared not say hello to Jiabao for fear of disturbing her. Garbo was like a queen. She came in and looked around. She was always afraid to deal with this kind of communication. People just looked at her magical face like opium and slowed down their breathing until her figure disappeared at the door.

No one thinks Jiabao is unreasonable. They are always confused and wholeheartedly want her to be happy, but she seldom smiles after the man she loves dies.

Some women can only love once in their life, just like an erupting volcano, which erupts infinite energy in an instant, and then returns to silence.

2、 Queen of Sweden

“Queen Christina” is not so much a successful film as it successfully shows the charm of Garbo. As long as there is Garbo, other things will become a foil.

In the film, Garbo’s appearance was not surrounded by flowers and worshipped by everyone. She ran upstairs like a boy. She was wearing a big hat, and the face slowly appeared in the camera. At that moment, it was suffocating. It seemed that she found the most precious treasure and didn’t dare to tell others. She wanted to enjoy it alone. It was really embarrassing.

She dealt with the serious minister, rejected the flirtation of the chancellor of the exchequer, and sat on the throne of the palace in plain clothes. In fact, even if she wears men’s clothes, she doesn’t feel neuter. She exists alone across the words “beauty” and “gender”. Her elegance was quiet and unassuming, but it could frighten everyone present. The description of the legendary beauty Helen is nothing more than that as soon as she enters, everyone can’t stop taking a breath and feels that the ten-year war is worth it. The beauty of Queen Christina never falls into such a stereotype – no one can help lowering her head when she sees her. With respect and admiration, she can quell a riot by raising her eyebrows and moving her fingers.

In the film works, the queen so respected is Kate Blanchett’s “Elizabeth”. Elizabeth rules a country with courage and wisdom. As a “Saint”, she dedicates her life to the country. There is some tragic color. She can’t get the world on her own.

Christina is different. After successive victories in Sweden, she took the initiative to give up war and pursue peace. When a group of men were shaking their arms and shouting to die for the country, she first satirized the boastful archbishop, then prevaricated the returning heroes, and finally put her eyes on the farmers sitting in the last row. They had no say. The country said, war! They rushed to the front. They had no fixed place for many years and lived in chaos. This is the person Christina should pay attention to. She doesn’t argue with those who advocate war, but loudly expounds her views.

“Nonsense! Honor.

War flags and bugles, what is behind all this rhetoric?

Death and destruction! The victory of a group of decadent people.

Sweden’s victory is based on the pain of Europe,

The island will become a dead sea.

I tell you, I don’t need it anymore.

I want peace, and I will get peace. ”

The film constantly throws problems to the queen, the hypocrisy of the count, political marriage, court disputes, and people’s rioting. The queen always calmly and gracefully solves everything, although sometimes she will have a little temper. A minister had to complain in front of the queen, “you always gracefully refuse people, let me accept them unconsciously, and then regret it.” When everyone was shocked to break into the palace because of the mass riots, only Christina calmly asked them to withdraw the army and let the people in. She stood at the end of the stairs waiting for the excited people. She said she didn’t have to be afraid of her own people. She had no fear.

Occasionally, she will be depressed because of unpleasant things. It was an impressive scene. Her side face leaned against the cold and hard wall, looked out of the window, complained to the old servant and wanted to be alone. You can see the surging commotion in her eyes and the escape from thousands of miles away. When you are closer to her, she always runs farther. Christina said to herself, “it’s snowing again. It’s always snowing. Snow is like a wide sea. A person may come out, may get lost, and finally forget the world and herself.” This sentence deeply shook my heart. This picture belongs to Jiabao, the queen and Jiabao. She spent her whole life groping and running away in this world. Even in movies, she never looked at the camera. In her later years, she also lamented that it might be a good thing to get married, but she couldn’t stand the life of two people. They always say that she is like a slender hummingbird. Sometimes she stays in your hand and soon flies away.

At the end of the film, Christina walks through the high hall with a candle. She is so small against the huge buildings, just like Jiabao shuttling through the world. She sits on her throne in the dark and is unhappy with everything. She always lives in the shadow of others, in the world of other people’s phenomena, like a symbol, Queen or goddess, or just an ordinary Swedish woman.

3、 She will get the world

I want peace, I will get peace.

When Christina said this, she ruled the world without anger. She has always been like this. She can get what she wants. But love, how to get love?

Jiabao has given countless people the feeling of love, whether in movies or in life, but how much has she experienced?

In Camille, she is Margaret Gautier, a famous French prostitute, who dedicates herself to love and engraves her life in Armand and the world; In “Anna Karenina”, she gave up everything and lost everything for love and ended her miserable life with a wheel; In “Wild Orchids”, the prince of Java falls for her; In “the mysterious lady”, she plays a woman who becomes a famous actress overnight from an ordinary rural girl, but gives up her position and money for the love of a deserter.

Pollock, a master of abstract expressionism, once said, “I only feel in love three times in my life, and meeting Garbo is one of them.”

Cecil Beaton said, “when I saw Garbo, I felt like I was hit hard. It seemed that a person was opening the door of the fire to me, and I couldn’t breathe…” and Garbo, her love died early. She just loved it and responded faintly to Beaton, “I never used lipstick before I knew you.” As long as this sentence is enough, biton is delighted.

Christina, who was stopped in the small hotel by the heavy snow, met love. When she learned that Antonio wanted to live with her (he thought she was a man at that time), the expression on her face kept changing between joy, shyness and fear. I could almost feel her accelerated heartbeat and became uneasy. Later, she stroked every decoration carefully and affectionately in that room, trying to write down the details here for future memories. For her, this is the real life. The group leader’s camera has been following Jiabao. The audience can’t help watching her quietly and enjoying her unique style.

On the ship, she held Antonio who was dying. When he died, she looked at the people around him helplessly and saw others’ sorry and sad expression before she fell on Antonio for a long time. Who knows that she is just a helpless little girl.

Finally, the scene of her standing in the bow of the ship has always been talked about. To me, it was more like the coronation of the queen. From that moment on, she was no longer infected with love. Love died with Antonio and turned into a few words on the tombstone – Greta Garbo, which was her name that was proud of heaven.

Jiabao, on the other hand, has become the eternal supreme empress in the eyes of thousands of people.

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