The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this cynical … More The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

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Frantz (2016)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France/Germany, 2016.  Mandarin Films, X-Filme Creative Pool, FOZ, Mars Films, France 2 Cinema, Films Distribution, Universal Pictures International, Canal+, Cine@, France Televisions, Sofica Manon 6, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Deutscher Filmforderfonds, Filmforderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung, FD Production.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, in collaboration with Philippe Piazzo, based on the movie Broken Lullaby by Ernst Lubitsch, Reginald Berkeley, … More Frantz (2016)

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The Smiling Lieutenant

BBBB (out of 5) Maurice Chevalier stars as an ineffably charming Frenchman for Ernst Lubitsch yet again in this delightful romp.  He’s a Viennese soldier standing guard during a parade of visiting dignitaries who throws a wink across the street at his adorable girlfriend (Claudette Colbert), which is then accidentally mistaken for a leer by the … More The Smiling Lieutenant

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The Merry Widow (1934)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson, based on the musical book and lyrics by Viktor Leon, Leo Stein, from the play L’Attache D’Ambassade by Henri Meilhac.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Franz Lehar, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by … More The Merry Widow (1934)

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One Hour With You

BBBB (out of 5) One of the best examples of Ernst Lubitsch’s contributions to early musicals. Jeanette MacDonald is at her most ravishingly defiant as a happily married woman who is most satisfyingly paired with Maurice Chevalier.  A movie that begins with a happy ending is not going to stay that way, so when her best … More One Hour With You

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Trouble In Paradise (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, adaptation by Grover Jones, based on the play The Honest Finder by Aladar Laszlo.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by W. Franke Harling.  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.   Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins fall madly in love over a shared interest: … More Trouble In Paradise (1932)

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