- Director: Rouben Mamoulian
- Writer: H.M. Harwood; Salka Viertel
- Producer: Walter Wanger
A masterpiece? No.
It does have some incredible - iconic - close-ups of Garbo and some genuinely beautiful shots.
However, the play-acting is too obvious for a modern audience.
This is cinematic history and it will always remain an important representation of the era.
Mamoulian's direction does improve as it goes on - the beginning is formulaic and there are a few scenes that should have been left on the editing floor.
The dialogue remains stagnant and contrived throughout.
Gilbert's career basically ended after this - it is a matter of opinion...but, here, he comes across as a chin-jutting geek.
Queen Christina of Sweden is a dominant European ruler in the 17th century, and has never thought of romance. However, she accidentally and secretly falls in love with an emissary from Spain, even though a marriage between the two seems out of the question.