La Dama de Las Camelias (1944)

Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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Alexandre Dumas' La Dame aux Camelias has been filmed so often, and in so many different languages, that it's nearly impossible to keep track of the scores of movie versions. This Mexican adaptation stars Lina Montes as Marguerite, the notorious Parisian courtesan whose genuine love affair for the handsome Armand (Emilio Tuero) is doomed to tragedy. Gently advised by Armand's wealthy father that a marriage is out of the question, Marguerite not-so-gently sends the young man packing, only to succumb to tuberculosis shortly afterward. The most recent American version of the Dumas tale, Camille, had starred Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. This Mexican version isn't as well cast, but in terms of sexual frankness it is a far more believable film.

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love, prostitute/prostitution, romance, terminal-illness, tuberculosis