Camille (1984 film)

Camille is a 1984 television film based on the 1848 novel and play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. It was adapted by Blanche Hanalis and directed by Desmond Davis. It stars Greta Scacchi, Colin Firth, John Gielgud, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Ryecart, Denholm Elliott and Ben Kingsley.[1][2]

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Written byAlexandre Dumas, fils (novel and play)
Blanche Hanalis
Directed byDesmond Davis
StarringGreta Scacchi
Colin Firth
John Gielgud
Billie Whitelaw
Patrick Ryecart
Denholm Elliott
Ben Kingsley
Theme music composerAllyn Ferguson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Norman Rosemont
CinematographyJean Tournier
Editor(s)Alan Pattillo
Running time100 minutes
DistributorHallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Original release11 December 1984 (1984-12-11)


Marguerite Gauthier is a courtesan in 19th-century Paris and keeps company with aristocrats and men of riches. She falls deeply in love with a middle-class man, Armand Duval,[3] and the lovers move away to the countryside[4].

Armand's father begs Marguerite not to ruin his son's hope of a career and position, she acquiesces and leaves her lover,[3] letting him believe she is going back to her former lifestyle. Armand returns to live with his father.[4]

Sometime later Armand returns to Paris and Marguerite sees him with another woman. She declares her love for Armand and the pair sleep together. In the morning Armand insults her by sending her money and then goes off to work in Egypt.[4]

Later Armand learns that Marguerite is dying and returns to Paris. Marguerite is too ill to recognise him before passing away. The memory of Marguerite doesn't diminish with time. In the final scene Armand, now an old man, is putting flowers on Marguerite's grave.[4]


(Cast list from Cineplayer)[5]

See also

Camille (disambiguation)


  1. O'Connor, John J. (11 December 1984). "'Camille': A New Version of the Dumas Story". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  2. "Camille (1984)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. "Camille (1984)". Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  4. "Camille (1984)". colinfirthrolespage. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  5. "A Dama das Camélias (1984)". Cineplayers (in Portuguese). 2 December 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
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