The Indianapolis Museum of Art is known for showing classic films seen nowhere else in Indianapolis. To celebrate the upcoming production of La Traviata by the Indianapolis Opera, the Indianapolis Museum of Arts presents Camille in the Toby Theatre. See this piece of cinema history Thursday, May 5 at 7 pm in Indianapolis downtown. This award winning atmospheric romance stars Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore and Robert Taylor.
Both Verdi’s opera La Traviata and the movie Camille were adapted from Alexandre Dumas 1852 novel “La Dame aux Camelias.” The epic romance tells the story of Marguerite Gauthier. Born into a lower class family, Marguerite rises in society to become known as Dame Camille, living in the upper crust of Parisian society. Camille’s finances are covered by the rich Baron de Varville, who is taken with her good looks. However, when she falls in love with the handsome young Armand (Robert Taylor), she must choose between love and money.
Prepared to give up her financial connections to the Baron, Camille looks toward a romance with Armand. But when Armand’s father begs her to turn away from his son thinking her sordid past will ruin Armand’s chances at living within the high society of Paris, she is faced with losing everything she wanted.
She rejects Armand, who unaware of his father’s intervention continues to pursue her. As she contracts a deadly case of tuberculosis, his pursuit becomes harder to resist. The film ends as the two lovers embrace, and Camile dies tragically in her lover’s arms.
The film, which premiered in 1936, won the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress (Greta Garbo). Garbo was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in the part. A fun fact about the film: Camille is the film that Daddy Warbucks takes Orphan Annie to see in the 1982 film Annie.
The movie represents a classic tale of romance for the ages. It is a luxurious melodramatic love/ tragedy from the Golden Age of Hollywood. It grossed almost $3 million and inspired Milton Benjamin to write and publish the song called “Ill Love Like Robert Taylor, Be My Greta Garbo.” Camille was included in Time Magazine’s 2005 list of All-Time 100 Movies. It is also #33 in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Passions.
Prior to the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s screening of Camille, enjoy a teaser for the Indianapolis Opera’s La Traviata. The film is presented by the IMA and the Indianapolis Opera.
Before the movie, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district Broad Ripple Village for a bite to eat at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, rehash this epic romance over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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Thursday, May 5
Tickets $9.00 for the Public, $5.00 for IMA Members
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road