To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


Fantastic war comedy, most notable for being the very last film that brilliant comedienne  completed before her tragic death in an airplane crash. She and  play famous Czech actors living in occupied Budapest who use their theatre troupe and its myriad of talents to thwart the Nazi plan to uncover the underground movement in the city and destroy it for good. Their plans are constantly being messed up, however, by Benny’s jealousy over his wife’s growing attraction toward an earnest airplane pilot () who gives her unusually devoted attention. Brilliant comedy that is capped off with a hysterical final scene, and is never disrespectful of its themes.  Remade to equal effect by Mel Brooks in 1983.


Romaine Film Corporation

USA, 1942

Directed by

Original Story by , Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards 1942

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