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Ninotchka (1939) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and produced by Ernst Lubitsch and Sidney Franklin.

Ninotchka was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressGreta GarboNominated
Best WritingMelchior LengyelNominated
Best WritingCharles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter ReischNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
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Watching 1939: Ninotchka

on Mar 22, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


Great Films of 1939: “Ninotchka” March 12 at Daystar Center

By Stephen Reginald on Feb 26, 2016 From Classic Movie Man

Great Films of 1939: “Ninotchka” March 12 at Daystar Center Great films of 1939: Ninotchka Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street, Chicago, IL When: March 12, 2016 Time: 6:45 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald Ninotchka (1939) was the movie that proclaimed, ... Read full article


The Essential Films of 1939: Ninotchka

By Amanda Garrett on Dec 8, 2014 From Old Hollywood Films

The Film: Garbo laughs in Ninotchka. The Director: Ernst Lubitsch The Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas and Ina Claire. Source Material: An original story by Melchior Lengyel with an original screenplay by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett and Walter Reisch. As Count d'Algout (Melvyn Dougl... Read full article


Ninotchka (1939) (2)

By Emily on May 4, 2014 From The Vintage Cameo

Though romantic comedies have largely fallen out of respect?in mainstream cinema today, there was a time?as has been proved repeatedly throughout the Romantic Comedy Blogathon?when romantic comedies were popular with?both critics?and audiences.?Ninotchka?is a fantastic example of these converging in... Read full article


Ninotchka (1939) (1)

By Beatrice on Jan 4, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Ninotchka Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Written by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and Walter Reisch based on a story by Melchior Lengyel 1938/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/ Netflix rental #136 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Porter: Well, that’s my business. Madame. Ninotchka... Read full article


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Quotes from

[Ninotchka is examining a map of Paris]
Leon: Pardon me, are you an explorer?
Ninotchka: No. I'm looking for the Eiffel Tower.
Leon: Good heavens, is that thing lost again? Oh, are you interested in a view?
Ninotchka: I'm interested in the Eiffel Tower from a technical standpoint.
Leon: Technical? No, no, I'm afraid I couldn't be of much help from that angle. You see, a Parisian only goes to the tower in moments of despair to jump off.
Ninotchka: How long does it take a man to land?
Leon: Now isn't that too bad? The last time I jumped, I forgot to time it.


Iranoff: We can say whatever we want. We can shout! We can complain! Look: THE SERVICE IN THIS HOTEL IS TERRIBLE! See? Nobody comes, nobody pays any attention! That's freedom.
Buljanoff: That's bad management.


Leon: Ninotchka, it's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half.


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Facts about

Ernst Lubitsch only signed on as director after George Cukor decamped for Gone with the Wind. As part of his deal for directing, MGM agreed to make The Shop Around the Corner for Lubitsch afterwards.
Although Greta Garbo's famous hat in the film was made by her regular costumier Adrian, it was actually based on a sketch by Garbo herself.
Curiously enough, this was the very movie Arnold Schwarzenegger studied when he was trying to find his character for Red Heat. The exercise - emulate Greta Garbo - was recommended to him by his director Walter Hill.
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