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To Be or Not to Be (1942): Lubitsch Vs. The Nazis

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 1, 2021

“What he did to Shakespeare, we are doing now to Poland.” – Ehrhardt about Josef Tura Our story begins in Warsaw during peacetime. In some sense, this is a period piece because the gulf between the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the comparably idyllic years prior co read more

The full "To Be Or Not To Be" pressbook, plus an audio bonus

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 18, 2020

Last week, we ran excerpts from the pressbook of Carole Lombard's final film, the brilliant dark comedy "To Be Or Not To Be"(https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/1114063.html). As we stated, Lombard's accidental death only a few days before previews forced its publicity campaign to suddenly shift i 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

Screening of "To Be or Not To Be" March 10 at Daystar Center

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Mar 9, 2018

Screening of "To Be or Not To Be" March 10 at Daystar Center To Be or Not To Be (1942)Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State StreetWhen: March 10, 2018Time: 6:45 p.m.Hosted by Stephen Reginald To Be or Not to Be (1942) During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe bands together to read more

ClassicFlix (TeenScene): To Be or Not to Be (1942)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jun 29, 2017

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it’s now more difficult to access to the old version and read read more

1001 Classic Movies: To Be or Not to Be

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Apr 25, 2016

To Be or Not to Be (1942), starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Throughout April, I'l read more

The And… Scene! Blogathon: To Be or Not to Be Opening Scene

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jun 27, 2015

Today, I’m participating to a very creative and nice blogathon: the “And…Scene! Blogathon hosted by Sister Celluloid. This blogathon is the occasion for us, movie bloggers, to review, not an entire movie, but one precise movie scene, a scene we love, a scene we find interesting, a read more

To Be or Not to Be (1942) with Jack Benny and Carole Lombard

Classic Film Freak Posted by Greg Orypeck on Mar 19, 2015

Share This!“They named a brandy after Napoleon, they made a herring out ofBismarck and the Führer is going to end up as a piece of cheese!”  — Colonel Ehrhardt Jack Benny, who had been a successful vaudevillian and was, in the 1940s, a great success on radio, had less success in the movies, read more

To Be Or Not to Be (1942)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 5, 2014

In 1942, the US hadn’t entered World War II and audiences were unaware of the horrific monster that Adolf Hitler would be identified as.  Director Ernst Lubitsch was aware of the chaos going on in Europe and documented it – while still remaining comic and romantic – in his play within read more

Nazis and Humor: The Shock of Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 17, 2014

Wrap your head around this fact: Two decades before Quentin Tarantino was born, Ernst Lubitsch directed a comedy about Nazis. Unlike Tarantino, whose own Nazi film was typically bloodthirsty, Lubitsch was best known for light fare, especially sophisticated sex farces so insightful and lacking in pr read more

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 19, 2013

Starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard with director Ernst Lubitsch, the film follows a group of actors in Poland during the outbreak of World War II. All too soon their act seems to be in jeopardy and they must put on the most important performance of their lives. Benny and Lombard are a husband an read more

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 19, 2013

Starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard with director Ernst Lubitsch, the film follows a group of actors in Poland during the outbreak of World War II. All too soon their act seems to be in jeopardy and they must put on the most important performance of their lives. Benny and Lombard are a husband an read more

TO BE OR NOT TO BE On Blu-ray

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Sep 6, 2013

Criterion's latest classic film release is Ernst Lubitsch's TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942). It is considered to be one of director Lubitsch's greatest works, and comedian Jack Benny's best big screen role. It is also the last film ever made by Carole Lombard. TO BE OR NOT TO BE is a very hard film to d read more

TO BE OR NOT TO BE On Blu-ray

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Sep 6, 2013

Criterion's latest classic film release is Ernst Lubitsch's TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942). It is considered to be one of director Lubitsch's greatest works, and comedian Jack Benny's best big screen role. It is also the last film ever made by Carole Lombard. TO BE OR NOT TO BE is a very hard film to d read more

SUTS Blogathon: The More the Merrier (1943) and To Be or Not To Be (1942)

Spoilers Posted by Duke Mantee on Aug 23, 2013

“For classic movie lovers, TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars month-long programming event is like Christmas, the Oscars, the Super Bowl, and every Hollywood red carpet gala rolled into one. For 31 days, fans are treated to an embarrassment of cinematic riches – a collection of films featuri read more

CLFP: TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)

Backlots Posted by Lara on Apr 11, 2013

A group of Polish actors infiltrate a Nazi spy plot, wreaking havoc with their impersonations of key Gestapo figures and screwball antics. This is essentially the plot of To Be or Not To Be, a highly complex film ahead of its time in many ways and unlike any other film in Lombard’s filmograp read more

Cinema Style File--Carole Lombard in Irene for Ernst Lubitsch's TO BE OR NOT TO BE

GlamAmor Posted by on Nov 16, 2011

The "Battle of the Blondes" continues tonight on Turner Classic Movies with two comediennes--Mae West and Carole Lombard.  Mae shows off the early costume design of Paramount studio superstars Travis Banton and Edith Head, who created her iconic form-fitting frocks for 1933's I'm No Angel 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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