Film to Table dinner follows
Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Rex O’Malley,
After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).
George Cukor’s direction breathes new life into the cluttered theaters, bustling boudoirs, and shining hypocrisies of Alexandre Dumas fils’s nineteenth-century Paris, where the classy courtesan inhabits a lush and sensual world but is denied “perfect love.” Garbo herself comes dangerously close to perfection in this enduring classic; many critics consider her portrayal of Dumas’s tragic heroine, Marguerite Gautier (“la dame aux camélias”), to be her finest moment. As Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris noted in a reappraisal of Camille, “It is hard to imagine that even Sarah Bernhardt could have come close to Garbo’s delicately self-mocking and playfully romantic Lady of the Camellias. . . . Among the distinguished cast,” Sarris adds, “Rex O’Malley, as a hanger-on with a heart of gold, provides one of the subtlest characterizations of a homosexual in the ’30s.”