Queen Christina

Queen Christina

classified U

When Europe Made Hollywood: From Sunrise to High Noon


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Rouben Mamoulian
Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone
99 mins, 1933, USA
Primary language

One of Garbo's quintessential and most-remembered screen portrayals and one of her finest films which captures her graceful allure and enigmatic persona.

The idea for the film came from Austro-Hungarian born émigré Salka Viertel who had become close friends and confidante to Garbo. Viertel’s creative influence in this period cannot be underestimated both through her background in European stage craft, working with the likes of theatre directors Max Reinhardt and her wide network of European émigré and intellectual friends, ranging from Berthold Brecht to Thomas Mann and Arnold Schoenberg.

The original plan for it to be made in Europe which would have taken Garbo back to her roots. However this was not to happen with the film finally shot in Hollywood. Queen Christina is one of the era’s most sophisticated examinations of gender and identity with Garbo perfect as the bisexual Swedish monarch who was raised from birth as a boy.

This 35mm print is provided courtesy of the BFI. Presented in partnership with Queer Vision.

Image title

× Close

Help us make our website work better for you

We use Google Analytics to gather information on how our website is used. This information helps us to make changes to our website that improve the usefulness and overall experience for our visitors. If you would like to help us to make continuous improvements to our website, please allow us to set "first-party" cookies (only readable by us) so that we can distinguish visitors and gain greater insights.

Allow cookies for analytics Deny cookies for analytics