Queen Christina

Synopsis: Queen Christina of Sweden is a dominant European ruler in the 17th century, and has never thought of romance. However, she accidentally and secretly falls in love with an emissary from Spain, even though a marriage between the two seems out of the question.
Director(s): Rouben Mamoulian
  1 win & 1 nomination.
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99 min

Who are you?

I was King of Sweden.

The Lord, in his infinite wisdom...

has seen fit to deprive us

of our noble king...

Gustavus Adolphus...

while Sweden is in the midst

of a grievous war.

For 14 years our arms have served

in the field...

against our enemies.

And in this dark hour, we still fight on...

for the Protestant cause of our country.

Our King is dead...

but his spirit still lives in us...

and in his child, Christina.

Her father, our King...

brought up this child as a boy...

accustomed her ears

to the sound of cannon fire...

and sought to mold her spirit

after his own.

Let's see the child.

Your Majesty...

I swore to the King, your father,

to place this crown upon your head.

And now I swear by my life...

to serve you as I served him.

Men do not cry.

Shall I make my speech now?

Good Lords, and Swedish men...

Queen Christina, by the grace of God...

Queen of the Swedes, the Goths,

and the Vandals, promise you...

to be a good and just king...

to protect you all...

and to guard the kingdom

as our father did...

to rule wisely, and with God's help...

to keep the standard

as we received it from our fathers.

Concerning this war,

which we are bitterly waging...

we promise...

To wage it with courage.

We promise to win it!

I bless you all.

The King is dead, long live the King.

Long live the King!

Your Majesty.

The arrival of Prince Charles forced me

to summon Your Majesty.

The Parliament is in session,

waiting to act on his victories.

After 30 years of war, Sweden now has

the commanding place in Europe.

Now is the time for new, definite actions.

These I want to discuss with you.

There will be enough discussion

in the Parliament.

You have reports for me to sign,

my Lord Treasurer?

I have them here, Your Majesty.

Prince Charles' victory was crushing,

was it not, Chancellor?

Complete, Your Majesty.

Now would be a happy moment...

to announce your betrothal

to Prince Charles.

He returns a national hero.

I look forward to Prince Charles' reception

in the Parliament.

He will love it.

I have heard of the enemy's losses.

What were ours?

10,000 men, 4,000 horses, 200 cannon.

A few more victories like this...

and we will have to hire foreigners

to fight our battles.

In the end, the enemy will pay for it.

In the meantime, it would be a good

moment to vote fresh monies for the war.

The Lord Treasurer will tell Your Majesty

we need it.

He doesn't have to tell me.

These reports tell me.

This war is expensive.

The Parliament clamors for more war.

They clamor for a Swedish marriage

for Your Majesty.

They clamor for an heir of Swedish blood.

In short, Chancellor, they clamor.

Here are your reports. This one I keep.

Thank you, My Lords.

I shall see you in the Parliament.

Your Majesty.

Yes, Count Magnus.

It's so long since I have seen you.

- I saw you yesterday.

- To me that's long since.

I am not an idle woman, Magnus.

I have a war on my hands.

Are you going to marry the national hero?

You are petulant, Magnus,

and I have no time to soothe you.

The Parliament is waiting.

We are eager to greet

our victorious cousin...

Prince Palatine Charles Gustavus.

Welcome, my cousin.

For the great victory you have won,

Sweden is grateful.

We will not forget.

For the fatherland, Your Majesty,

and loyalty to you...

and for glory, no sacrifice is too great!

Our enemy is in retreat and our standards

fly over the fields of their dead.

Now, Your Majesty, would be a good

time to send fresh armies...

and crush these barbarians.

We want to continue what we began

in your father's reign...

until every enemy soldier is disarmed!

This is not an ordinary war

for treasure or conquest.

It is for our faith and for our God.

God is being invoked in many lands

these days, Your Grace.

What about the enemy's God?

When the enemy invokes God,

that is blasphemy, Your Majesty.

I wish I had your confidence, Archbishop.

We of the nobility are willing to back

our noble commander Prince Charles...

to the last man!

I thank the noble Lord.

For your glory, Your Majesty,

I return to the wars with fresh courage.

You have all spoken:

You, my Nobles...

you, my gallant General...

you, my Archbishop...

and you, my hero cousin.

I have heard all your voices.

But what of the peasants?

You peasants have fought this war.

What have you to say?

Will you not speak, father?

What is there for us to say, Your Majesty?

Unbeknownst to us, the war is started

and we are sent, and we go.

You shall go no longer!

There are other things

to live for than wars!

I have had enough of them.

We have been fighting since I was

in the cradle and many years before.

It is enough.

I shall ask the powers to meet

for a speedy and honorable peace.

There must be an end!

What? Peace now? After such a victory?

We have these heretics by the throat.

Let us have them on their knees.

Will you slaughter all of contrary faith,


You are too ambitious.

But, Your Majesty,

if the enemy refuses to accept our terms?

Offer them terms they will accept.

Your father, the King, must be avenged!

Not avenged, My Lord, justified!

He must be justified!

We must have compensation

for our soldiers.

20 million thalers!

30 million!

I will take their last thaler!

The world rings with the fame

of our armies!

And we shall win still greater glories

for Sweden.

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