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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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (Mad Wednesday)

BB (out of 5) It’s as if the war ended and took Preston Sturges’ career with it, this failed comedy following the miscalculated drama The Great Moment before it.  Sturges coaxes silent film star Harold Lloyd out of retirement to star in his madcap adventure that opens with footage from Lloyd’s classic comedy The Freshman (and inexplicably informs us that it is … More The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (Mad Wednesday)

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Ninotchka

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, based on the original story by Melchior Lengyel.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1939.   Greta Garbo shines in her first comedy … More Ninotchka

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Topper Returns

BBB.5 (out of 5) The first one was just fun and games, but in a new era that looks down on carefree pleasure, we need to have an actual plot. Roland Young is once again the befuddled husband and Billie Burke his airheaded wife who are being pestered by phantoms. This time it’s in the form of … More Topper Returns

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