Many people come to this version of Camille to see a young Rudolph Valentino but leading lady Nazimova is the reason to stick around. She absolutely owns the role of the doomed courtesan and her dramatic ability is accented by a charming sense of humor.
1920s design nerds (aren’t we all?) will especially want to pay attention to the sets and costumes from Natacha Rambova. All in all, a ravishing production that is considerably more nimble than overbuttered stills would suggest.
(But be careful about praising Nazimova. There are some Valentino fans who will legit bite your head off for such blasphemy. Not kidding. Be safe out there.)
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Nazimova chases away Valentino to protect his future prospects and dies alone. Hey, I never said it was a bed of roses.
If it were a dessert it would be: Watercolor Rose Sugar Cookies. Crazy beautiful, a decadent update of a classic.
Read my full-length review here and DO read the comments, they’re an absolute scream. I won’t give too much away but let me just say that some Valentino fans get, um, excitable when the topic of Nazimova comes up.
Availability: Released on DVD as an extra on the Garbo version of Camille.
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