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Broken Lullaby (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)

Movie Classics Posted by Judy on Sep 25, 2011

I’ve been watching a lot of Lubitsch’s famous pre-Code musical comedies recently, so thought it would be interesting also to see this little-known serious anti-war drama which he made at the same period, starring Lionel Barrymore. Broken Lullaby – also known as The Man I Killed, af read more

Ernst Lubitsch "Gypsy Blood" (1918)

Noir and Chick Flicks Posted by Silentfilmfanatic on Aug 2, 2010

“Gypsy Blood” (1918) is a silent drama starring Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, and Leopald von Ledebur. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, this film was the first of his German productions to reach the United States. Adapted from Prosper Merimee’s 1845 novella “Carmen,” Lubitsch& read more

Ernst Lubitsch, "To Be or Not To Be," and Lombard's last impression

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Mar 25, 2010

Ernst Lubitsch, "To Be or Not To Be," and Lombard's last impression Coming to America Director Ernst Lubitsch left his native Germany in 1922 at the invitation of silent-screen legend Mary Pickford. He directed Pickford in two popular films, Rosita (1923) and The Marriage Circle (1924). Ri read more

Trouble in Paradise (1932, Ernst Lubitsch)

The Stop Button Posted by on Nov 11, 2008

Trouble in Paradise features some great filmmaking. Here, Lubitsch runs wild with the passage of time–there’s a great sequence with various clocks marking the minutes, but there’s a lot of carefully orchestrated fades as well. The film opens with an excellent mixed shot–agai read more

Design for Living (1933, Ernst Lubitsch)

The Stop Button Posted by on Sep 26, 2008

From the first third of Design for Living, it’s impossible to think it might not be absolutely fantastic throughout. Eventually it does hit a dry period and it’s impossible to think it’s going to pull out of it. Then it does and it’s impossible to think… well, you get read more