Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1939
Greta Garbo shines in her first comedy in this hilarious early Billy Wilder script, the film that was the basis for the musical Silk Stockings. A tough-as-nails Russian agent (Garbo) is in Paris to sell a royal member’s precious jewels and finds herself attracting the attention of swoony Melvyn Douglas. Not one to be tempted by the amorous advances of a man, Garbo completely resists him until the starry light of Paris and the idea of romance become too attractive. When he finally breaks her ice in a tavern and makes her laugh, cinema history is born! (In actual fact, the sound department had to beef up Garbo’s famous laugh in post-production). Hysterically funny and romantic too.