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Film Series : A Fine Romance


1939, Ernst Lubitsch, USA, 110 min.
With Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas

Show Times

  • 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)

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