1939, Ernst Lubitsch, USA, 110 min.
With Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas
- Fri, Feb 7th 2:00pm
- Sat, Feb 8th 3:15pm
- Wed, Feb 12th 6:00pm
"Delicate flirtation and political satire made into a perfect whole, and a reminder of skills that studio writers have largely lost."—Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
In Lubitsch’s most famous film, Garbo satirizes her own saturnine image as a straitlaced Russian envoy who journeys to Paris to fetch back three straying commissars (Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach) but finds herself succumbing to capitalism, champagne, and a charmingly decadent Count (Douglas). Avoiding simplistic politics, Lubitsch (along with screenwriters Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and Walter Reisch) tweaks both the self-indulgent West and the self-righteous East, with laughter and romance working together to rewrite ideology. 35mm. (MR)