Biography of christina, unconventional queen of sweden. The girl king is a swedishfinnish film production about the life of the 17th century swedish monarch queen christina. She met with jesuit priests to learn more about the catholic church and in it, for once, she found a faith she could sink her teeth into. Christina 18 december 1626 19 april 1689 became queen of sweden at the age of almost. However, when she falls in love with a spanish envoy, she must choose between the. Christina 16261689, queen of lutheran sweden, who abdicated at the height of sweden s power during the thirty years war, converted to catholicism, and spent the second half of her life in rome. The film queen christina is roughly as faithful to swedish history as the film jaws to the novel moby dick. To escape the burdens of rule, sweden s queen christina rides into the countryside disguised as a boy. If you want a factual biography of king christina vasa, the most famous woman in 17th c europe as well as perhaps the most interesting, youll learn more from five minutes reading on wikipedia. Queen christina 1933 rotten tomatoes movie trailers.
The library also possesses the famous 1933 film, queen christina starring greta garbo. Queen christina movie posters from movie poster shop. Young christina ascends to the swedish throne at age 5. Greta garbo appears as queen christina of sweden in her first. Christina of sweden had a blazing vitality, intelligence and wit that made her the wonder of europe. Playwright michel marc bouchards christina, the girl king, now in its chicago premiere with cor theatre, offers a piquant take on the 17th century monarch queen christina of sweden. She was instructed in politics by chancellor axel oxenstierna, who governed with four other regents while christina was educated as a prince, according to her fathers wishes.
The members of her council formally removed her regalia, but count per brahe, who was supposed to remove her crown, couldnt bring himself to do it. Queen christina continued to make tongues wag across sweden, though her most controversial studies, on the topic of religion, were kept secret. Queen christina 1933 stream and watch online moviefone. On the 6th june 1654, in a public ceremony, queen christina abdicated the throne of sweden. The mannish 17th century queen of sweden, christina, was anomolous in her day. Dec 03, 2015 actress malin buska plays queen christina in the girl king. Works about the queen may be found in the librarys online catalog under search terms such as christina, queen of sweden, 16261689 or sweden history christina, 16321654. With a fiery and impassioned performance from the lionlike swedish actress malin buska as christina, the film focuses on her refusal to conform. She was five when his death in battle made her by the grace of god, queen of the swedes, goths and vandals, and the little girls. It features a portrait of christina, a white woman with brown hair pulled back with gold pieces.
Queen christina the european welcome to our official homepage. Christina, the girl king dissects one of historys most. I first became aware of queen christina from the greta garbo film of the same name. Inheriting her throne at the age of six, she was raised by brilliant tutors to face. Queen christina of sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. Actress malin buska plays swedens queen christina in the girl king. Jul 24, 2019 queen christina of sweden december 18, 1626april 19, 1689 reigned for nearly 22 years, from nov. Apr 15, 2020 christina became queenelect of sweden at age six upon the death of her father, king gustavus adolphus, in 1632. In front is the monument to christina of sweden, ordered by innocent xii but finished under clement xi in 1702. Queen christina is one of the most unusual monarchs in european history. According to the oregon state university webpage rene descartes 15951650, part of your question is explained by. Her father was gustavus ii adolphus, the colossus who bestrode the north, and he had her reared like a boy.
The current offering, known as queen christina, is a skillful blend of history and fiction in which the nordic star, looking as alluring as ever, gives a performance which merits nothing but the. Preferring mens clothing, engaging in manly pursuits, and a scholar, she also abdicated to pursue an interest in catholicism illegal in sweden then. A biography that would come to be the first from three up to now at least dedicated to tell the life stories of relevant women in european history, this book used extensive documental research to trace. Christina queen of sweden is veronica bucleys first published book after she finished her doctoral research in modern history from oxford. The wise and peaceloving queen christina greta garbo has ruled sweden since the age of 6, when her heroic father died in battle. Previous scholars have addressed either christinas use of art to safeguard authority as swedish regnant, or her expressions of sovereignty as an erstwhile protestant queen in rome, but no scholarship to date has. The library of congress collections include a large number of books about queen christina, several of them written during her lifetime. Abdication of queen christina of sweden history today. About queen christina europe was ravaged by political and religious conflicts when christina grew up.
As queen she was the head of the swedish lutheran church. Christina, queen of sweden 164454 who stunned all europe by abdicating her throne. The film portrays the life of queen christina of sweden, who became. The girl king paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant kristina of sweden, queen from age six. There she meets and secretly falls for a dashing spanish envoy on his way to the royal court. I find it surprising that he would accept such an offer, since as a young military man, descartes had served as an officer in the army of maximilian of bavaria. So i did some reading and found the movie got some of the facts straight like christina s friend ebba sparr and. Christina of sweden was born on 18 december 1626 as the daughter of king gustav ii adolf and his wife maria eleonora of brandenburg. However, when she falls in love with a spanish envoy, she must. The biopic of independentminded, controversial christina, queen of 17th century sweden, paired garbo with popular silentscreen actor john gilbert her former fiancee and costar was also purported to have been her passionate, offscreen lover. He apparently died from the swedish cold and long hours on the job. Previous scholars have addressed either christina s use of art to safeguard authority as swedish regnant, or her expressions of sovereignty as an erstwhile protestant queen in rome, but no scholarship to date has. Queen christina of sweden her life, biography and the greta garbo movie, by tracy marks december 8, 1626 christina wasa is born in sweden to king gustav ii adolf and maria eleonora.
Like englands elizabeth i, christina greta garbo is pressured into a politically correct marriage her cousin but she falls in love with an emissary from spain john gilbert. Queen christina to escape the burdens of rule, sweden s queen christina rides into the countryside disguised as a boy. Vatican secret archives reveal abdication letter of. A stylish, resonant star vehicle for garbo, portraying the 17thcentury swedish queen from ascension to the throne to her romance with a spanish ambassador.
Aug 05, 2015 the girl king is a swedishfinnish film production about the life of the 17th century swedish monarch queen christina. Gilberts second to last film and his only successful outing after the coming of sound. Feb 28, 2012 queen christina of sweden caused a scandal when she stepped down from the throne and converted from the state religion of lutheranism to catholicism in 1654. Christina stands as a silent figurehead at the bow of the ship, the wind. It features the littleknown music of the finest composers of the day whom the. A new historical film examines the life of a freethinking queen who. Greta garbo appears as queen christina of sweden in her first film in more than eighteen months. If youre unfamiliar with queen christina of sweden 16261689, you might wonder why there are so many pictures of men in our main illustration.
Queen christina of sweden december 18, 1626april 19, 1689 reigned for nearly 22 years, from nov. Alternately hilarious and moving, it holds some of garbos greatest and most memorable moments. Queen christina is a 1933 biographical film about queen christina of sweden, who is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. She wears a green and blue dress with gold details, gold earrings, and red lipstick. Queen christina 1933 movie clip i have no time to soothe you first appearance by greta garbo, now grown up, as the swedish queen, a.
Queen christina of sweden queen christina of sweden, though she reigned in the seventeenth century, continues to inspire fascination, debate and controversy even today. The girl king paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant kristina of sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality. She subsequently attempted, without success, to gain the crowns of naples and of poland. Queen christina of sweden movie with greta garbo by tracy marks. Queen christina is a precode hollywood biographical film, produced by metro goldwynmayer in 1933 by walter wanger and directed by rouben mamoulian. Imagine the envoys delighted surprise when he and the young nobleman must share a bed at an overcrowded inn. The abdication 1974 similar movies related stories. To escape the burdens of rule, swedens queen christina rides into. Its because christina liked to dress as a mannot all the time, but often enough that she was famous for it. Astrologers predict she will be a boy, and when she is born with a caul over her pelvis, she is believed at first to be a boy. Her unconventional lifestyle and masculine dressing have been featured in countless novels, plays, operas, and film.
The secret diaries of miss anne lister tv movie 2010. Queen christina of sweden 162689 4 corners of the world. Queen christina 1933 is one of greta garbos quintessential, mostremembered screen portrayals and one of her finest films, with glowing scenes enhanced by her favorite cinematographer william daniels that reflect the mystique of the lovely, enigmatic actress. Unfortunately there are no nice paintings of her in masculine attire, so were using images of the men in her life to illustrate. Armonia celestes new recording, the rebel queen, takes its theme from the moldbreaking life of queen christina. I totally forgot but i saw this movie a long while ago and its a queer biographical drama about kristina, queen of sweden who was a major queer and has a romance with the blonde who was one of her ladies in waiting and royal bedfellowwhich is insanely gay. Queen christina of sweden movie with greta garbo by tracy. It stars swedishborn actress greta garbo and john gilbert in their fourth and last film together. At the age of six, she witnessed the funeral of her father, gustavus adolphus, fallen on the battlefield in germany as commander of the protestant armies in the thirty years war against the catholics.
In her own time she was widely known as a rebel queen, a woman who followed her own path and refused to limit herself to the social norms of the day. Queen christina of sweden 16261689 utilized art in many ways to promote herself and assert power in baroque europe. Queen christina 1933 similar movies related stories. This precode film centers on a swedish queens decision choosing between her own. While she is queen, sweden becomes a dominant european power at the end of the thirty years war. Apr 23, 2018 christina queen of sweden is veronica bucleys first published book after she finished her doctoral research in modern history from oxford. Christina 18 december 1626 19 april 1689 was a member of the house of vasa who reigned as queen of sweden from 1632 until her abdication in 1654. Jul 04, 2016 christina of sweden was born on 18 december 1626 as the daughter of king gustav ii adolf and his wife maria eleonora of brandenburg. Two months before the publication of the passions descartes set sail for stockholm, sweden, at the invitation of queen christina of sweden. The only surviving child of king gustavus adolphus of sweden and maria eleonora of brandenburg, christina succeeded her father upon his death at the battle of lutzen, but began ruling the. Queen christina is a historical costume drama, loosely based on the life of 17th century queen christina of sweden and still more loosely of strindbergs history play kristina. Actress malin buska plays queen christina in the girl king. Garbo as queen christina, calling for an end to the thirty years war. One of the wittiest and most learned women of her age, christina is best remembered for her lavish sponsorship of.
Queen christina of sweden, lesbian troublemaker headstuff. Pressured to marry her cousin karl gustav reginald owen and. The year before he died, mathematician rene descartes accepted an invitation to tutor the brilliant 19year old queen christina of sweden some thirty years younger. She was their third daughter, but the only one to survive to adulthood. Christina stands as a silent figurehead at the bow of the ship, the wind blowing through her hair, as the camera zooms in on the blank, enigmatic expression.
Mar 23, 2016 playwright michel marc bouchards christina, the girl king, now in its chicago premiere with cor theatre, offers a piquant take on the 17th century monarch queen christina of sweden. The painting christina of sweden by jacob ferdinand voet. With greta garbo, john gilbert, ian keith, lewis stone. Works about the queen may be found in the librarys online catalog under search terms such as christina, queen of sweden, 16261689 or swedenhistorychristina, 16321654. In the italian film love and poison 195052 christina is played by actress lois maxwell. The englishlanguage film is a depiction of several years in the life of the 17th century queen kristina of sweden, the girl king. Its not exactly the image greta garbo tried to convey in the 1933 movie, but in veronica buckleys vividly persuasive new biography, queen christina of sweden.
Yet within 15 months of descartess mysterious death in early 1650 she had decided to abdicate her throne en route to converting to catholicism, which was illegal in sweden at that time. Greta garbo appears as queen christina of sweden in her. Queen christina 1933 official trailer greta garbo movie hd. The unconventional reign of swedens queer queen christina. Nov 07, 2004 its not exactly the image greta garbo tried to convey in the 1933 movie, but in veronica buckleys vividly persuasive new biography, queen christina of sweden 162689 comes across as the pippi. This mgm film, garbos first and only film with director rouben mamoulian, luxuriously captures the graceful allure and persona. Her androgynous appearance, attachments to at least one woman, and failed love interests in men have led many to believe she may have been a hermaphrodite. Queen christina of sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her. Jul, 2015 armonia celestes new recording, the rebel queen, takes its theme from the moldbreaking life of queen christina. Christina removed the crown herself, giving up power with her own two hands. Shes remembered for her abdication and her conversion from lutheranism to roman catholicism. Oct 09, 2018 on the 6th june 1654, in a public ceremony, queen christina abdicated the throne of sweden.428 1023 1411 1292 585 276 734 628 744 591 540 360 575 1326 1470 341 278 1393 818 1258 852 1391 1401 784 1248 1188 593 1225 26 501 1260 539 1167