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To Be or Not to Be (1942), a Daring Mixed-Genre Satire from Ernst Lubitsch

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2021

This Hollywood-savvy item appeared in the December 1932 issue of Vanity Fair,   “…although a German director [he] is now claimed by America. His gay and cynic touch, his dramatic use of detail, have reconditioned many an otherwise anemic script and saved it from the shelf ̵ read more

Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Aug 13, 2020

Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be” To Be or Not to Be (1942) is a comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Carole Lombard and Jack Benny The film is set in Warsaw, Poland, before the 1939 Nazi invasion. Josef Tura (Jack Benny) and his read more

The Love Parade (1929): Ernst Lubitsch’s First Talkie

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 14, 2020

Looking over it now, The Love Parade just might be one of the finest pre-1930s musicals, capitalizing on the rising trend thanks to the success of The Jazz Singer and Broadway Melody. Whereas many of its contemporaries are mainly interesting as historical relics, this Lubitsch comedy still has some read more

Quote: Ernst Lubitsch on Filming

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Mar 3, 2019

Image Source There are a thousand ways to point a camera, but really only one. -Ernst Lubitsch Quote Source read more

Quote: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. on Ernst Lubitsch

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 27, 2019

He never forgot that dialogue should complement, not replace, what is essentially a visual medium. -Douglas Fairbanks Jr., about Ernst Lubitsch Quote Source read more

Rare Ernst Lubitsch Film Screens at New York Jewish Film Fest

Cinematically Insane Posted by Will McKinley on Jan 20, 2015

“What would Lubitsch do?” a sign in Billy Wilder’s office famously read. It was both a testament to Wilder’s respect for the German-born director (for whom he co-wrote two films) and a tribute to Ernst Lubitsch’s ability to balance light comedy with resonant humanity. If you love classic film, read more

The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 28, 2014

The Shop Around the Corner has a lot going on in a limited space. It’s not particularly long–under 100 minutes–and it mostly takes place in (or outside) the titular shop. And, while the present action is about six and a half months (there’s a big jump), the back story define read more

The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao) , 1922; Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Feb 1, 2014

Classic Film Aficionados If we were to say about an athlete that they gave a 90% effort  we would be dissatisfied to the say the least. But in this case, the case of “The Loves of Pharaoh” or Das Weib des Pharao (The Wife of the Pharaoh), 1922, 90% is just fine and heads and shoulders above many read more

The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao) , 1922; Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Feb 1, 2014

Classic Film Aficionados If we were to say about an athlete that they gave a 90% effort  we would be dissatisfied to the say the least. But in this case, the case of “The Loves of Pharaoh” or Das Weib des Pharao (The Wife of the Pharaoh), 1922, 90% is just fine and heads and shoulders above many read more

The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao) , 1922; Directed by Ernst Lubitsch (4)

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Jan 31, 2014

If we were to say about an athlete that they gave a 90% effort  we would be dissatisfied to the say the least. But in this case, the case of “The Loves of Pharaoh” or Das Weib des Pharao (The Wife of the Pharaoh), 1922, 90% is just fine and heads and shoulders above many other entries that are read more

The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao) , 1922; Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Jan 31, 2014

If we were to say about an athlete that they gave a 90% effort  we would be dissatisfied to the say the least. But in this case, the case of “The Loves of Pharaoh” or Das Weib des Pharao (The Wife of the Pharaoh), 1922, 90% is just fine and heads and shoulders above many other entries that are read more

The Loves of Pharaoh (Das Weib des Pharao) , 1922; Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Jan 31, 2014

If we were to say about an athlete that they gave a 90% effort  we would be dissatisfied to the say the least. But in this case, the case of “The Loves of Pharaoh” or Das Weib des Pharao (The Wife of the Pharaoh), 1922, 90% is just fine and heads and shoulders above many other entries that are read more

Birthday of the Week: Ernst Lubitsch (1)

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Jan 29, 2014

Ernst Lubitsch, January 28, 1892 Biography Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in ParadiseBy Scott Eyman, Simon & Schuster, 1993 Master of Innuendo I'm not going to write a particularly detailed tribute to Ernst Lubitsch on this, the day after his birthday, because so read more

Angel (Ernst Lubitsch, 1937)

Movie Classics Posted by Judy on Nov 5, 2012

This bitter-sweet romantic comedy flopped at the box office on release, and is still largely overlooked. It led to Marlene Dietrich being labelled ‘box-office poison’ and dropped by Paramount, before going on to reinvent herself in Destry Rides Again.  It also contributed to director Ern read more

Ernst Lubitsch does Noel Coward: Design for Living (1933)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 22, 2012

Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March Fredric March was already an Oscar winner and a newly minted Hollywood star when he co-starred with Miriam Hopkins and Gary Cooper in Ernst Lubitsch’s 1933 adaptation of the Noel Coward play Design for Living. In 1929, when all the major studios w read more

Ernst Lubitsch does Noel Coward: Design for Living (1933)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 22, 2012

Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March Fredric March was already an Oscar winner and a newly minted Hollywood star when he co-starred with Miriam Hopkins and Gary Cooper in Ernst Lubitsch’s 1933 adaptation of the Noel Coward play Design for Living. In 1929, when all the major studios w read more

Ernst Lubitsch does Noel Coward: Design for Living (1933)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Mar 22, 2012

Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March Fredric March was already an Oscar winner and a newly minted Hollywood star when he co-starred with Miriam Hopkins and Gary Cooper in Ernst Lubitsch’s 1933 adaptation of the Noel Coward play Design for Living. In 1929, when all the major studios w read more

To Be or Not to Be - Carole Lombard's final film, directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 8, 2011

'The Lubitsch Touch' has been dissected and analyzed for decades. Billy Wilder, who had been protégé to director Ernst Lubitsch early on, put it succinctly: "The Lubitsch Touch is a light touch. But there are serious overtones in Lubitsch. He understood life..." In 1941, Lubitsch signed a three read more

To Be or Not to Be - Carole Lombard's final film, directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 8, 2011

'The Lubitsch Touch' has been dissected and analyzed for decades. Billy Wilder, who had been protégé to director Ernst Lubitsch early on, put it succinctly: "The Lubitsch Touch is a light touch. But there are serious overtones in Lubitsch. He understood life..." In 1941, Lubitsch signed a three read more

To Be or Not to Be - Carole Lombard's final film, directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 8, 2011

For Carole & Company's "Carole-tennial (+3)," marking the 103rd anniversary of Hollywood legend Carole Lombard's birth, I'm taking a look at my favorite Carole Lombard film, director Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (1942). This was Lombard's last film, released just a month after her death. read more
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