Ninotchka US (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch “Garbo Laughs!” Amazingly that tagline was seemingly enough to sell this film to audiences in 1939, just as “Garbo Talks!” worked nine year earlier with Anna Christie her first talkie. That didn’t stop the film being banned in the Soviet Union though, but that is understandable it was a … Continue reading Ninotchka

Trouble In Paradise

Trouble In Paradise US (1932) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch Of all the great German directors to make the pilgrimage from the Mother Land to Hollywood, Ernst Lubitsch was among the first, at the request of no less a patron of his work than Hollywood royalty Mary Pickford. After mixed success with comedies, dramas and musical, Lubitsch … Continue reading Trouble In Paradise

Madame DuBarry

Madame DuBarry (Cert PG) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 114 minutes approx. Ernst Lubitsch is a name synonymous with sophisticated comedies of 1930’s and 1940’s Hollywood which saw him directing the likes of Great Garbo, Maurice Chevalier, James Stewart and Carole Lombard. But in his native Germany he learned his craft flitting between … Continue reading Madame DuBarry