Queen Christina is a Pre-Code Hollywood feature film, produced in 1933 and directed by Rouben Mamoulian, starring Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo and John Gilbert.
The film was directed by Rouben Mamoulian in 1933, and written by H. M. Harwood and Salka Viertel, with dialogue by S. N. Behrman, based on a story by Salka Viertel and Margaret P. Levino. Leading roles are played by Greta Garbo, at the time one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood, and John Gilbert, whose career heavily declined with the rise of talkies. Garbo herself insisted Gilbert was her co-star. It was the fourth and the last time they starred together in the same film. Queen Christina was billed as Garbo's return to cinema after an eighteen-month hiatus. Prior to the shooting, while on holiday in Sweden, the actress read a treatment by Salka Viertel about the life of Christina and became interested in the story. At the time of shooting the film, Garbo was 28, the age of her character.
Queen Christina is a historical costume drama, loosely based on the life of 17th century Queen Christina of Sweden. Apart from her, a number of other authentic historical characters appear in the film, such as Charles X