31.01.2017 @ Rotondes – 19.00 – 23.00
US 1933, 97 min, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, English ov, English subtitles
Queen Christina portrays the life of Queen Christina of Sweden who became monarch at the age of six in 1632 and grew to be a powerful and influential leader. Queen Christina is a war-leader during the Thirty Years’ War. As a Queen she is as well expected to marry a suitable royal figure and produce an heir. However, she falls in love and must choose between love and her royal duty.
The historical costume drama is loosely based on the life of Queen Christina in 17th century. In this historical fiction account, Queen Christina of Sweden falls in love during her reign but has to deal with the… political realities of her society. A fictionalized, if not entirely fictitious, element is the romantic affair between Christina and Antonio. Clearly marked in the film is however the queen’s habit of dressing as a man in order to broaden the options available to her as a person: “I shall die a bachelor!” she declares, wears manly clothes and even disguises herself as a man. The only concession to the real Christina’s sexuality however were some subtle hints that the film character was romantically attracted to one of her ladies in waiting.
We have chosen to screen the movie relating to the last queer loox movie “Celluloid Closet”, screened in November 2016 (http://rotondes.lu/agenda/details/event/the-celluloid-closet). This documentary explores the treatment of LGBT characters in Hollywood films. “Queen Christina” is presented there as a major example of Hollywood produced before the “Hays Code”, a set of moral guidelines that was applied to all US films from 1930 to 1968.
The leading roles in this Hollywood film are played by Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. The film was a major commercial and critical success in the United States and worldwide. And we hope you will enjoy the film as well.
*queer loox is a queer-feminist film series in Luxembourg*