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Ninotchka

Selection of Ernst Lubitsch to pilot Garbo in her first light performance in pictures proves a bull's-eye.

With:
Greta Garbo Melvyn Douglas Bela Lugosi Sig Ruman Felix Bressart Ina Claire

Selection of Ernst Lubitsch to pilot Garbo in her first light performance in pictures proves a bull’s-eye.

The punchy and humorous jabs directed at the Russian political system and representatives, and the contrast of bolshevik receptiveness to capitalistic luxuries and customs, are displayed in farcical vein, but there still remains the serious intent of comparisons between the political systems in the background [based on an original story by Melchior Lengyel].

Three Russian trade representatives arrive in Paris to dispose of royal jewels ‘legally confiscated’. Playboy Melvyn Douglas is intent on cutting himself in for part of the jewel sale. Tying up the gems in lawsuit for former owner, Ina Claire, Douglas is confronted by special envoy Garbo who arrives to speed the transactions. Douglas gets romantic, while Garbo treats love as a biological problem.

1939: Nominations: Best Picture, Actress (Greta Garbo), Original Story, Screenplay

Ninotchka

Production: M-G-M. Director Ernst Lubitsch; Producer Ernst Lubitsch; Screenplay Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch; Camera William Daniels; Editor Gene Ruggiero; Music Werner Heymann; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 111 MIN.

With: Greta Garbo Melvyn Douglas Bela Lugosi Sig Ruman Felix Bressart Ina Claire

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