TCM is doing it again. While June is an outstanding programming month for Italian cinema the Star of the Month is the inscrutable Garbo. For those of you who may not know her, she's the one who made the famous line, "I vant to be alone!" During her Hollywood career she achieved star status that has never been rivaled and with that came tremendous creative control over her films enabling her to choose her co-stars and technicians. As the Templar says in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , she, "....chose wisely." For what Greta Garbo became no other star began to match. Dietrich came close but she always retained an earthiness that didn't quite put her in the realm of untouchable goddess. Garbo was always beyond reach; frequently tragic, frequently the home-wrecker, always the femme fatale , she was mysterious, luminous, and a visual siren drawing men into her dark fate. Nearly all her films have held-up well not merely because her films were considered mature subject matter but because, through that gauze and key-lighting there was an outstanding actress. Though a notorious set prima donna, it was for good reason. Like an exotic orchid she required exacting conditions to release her best performances. And what performances! With her Swedish accent she brought to life Mata Hari , with such a passion that the last scene sticks in my mind nearly 25 years after I first saw it as a boy. On Wednesday, June 19, 9:30pm EDT, 6:30 PDT, TCM will be showing my favorite Garbo film, Queen Christina (1933). This film also has John Gilbert, her silent screen partner, who replaced Lawrence Olivier when Garbo could not create an on-screen rapport with him. Lucky us! Gilbert gives Garbo a free palate to create a passionate but doomed Christina very unlike the real, historical, Swedish queen whom she plays. While filled with remarkable cinematography and one of the most famous closing shots in film history, the penultimate Garbo scene takes place in her bedroom with Gilbert. While no sex takes place, the entire scene is highly erotic and voluptuously sensuous. The Hayes code as interpreted by Breen hadn't come into full effect just yet and it is likely that, like The Scarlet Empress , the scene couldn't be played if the film was released later. You'll never see grapes the same way again. If you've ever wondered what the name Garbo meant or anything about the star who put that name in the heavens, then see this movie! There are also other chances to catch her wonderful films throughout the month on TCM. If you're remotely interested check out TCM's Star of the Month website. Please don't miss this star on TCM. It's a chance to see a star that the screen has never had before or since. There is only one Garbo and she is, as she ever will be, above everyone else and yes, alone.