Ernst Lubitsch’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE & Rene Clair’s I MARRIED A WITCH
Ernst Lubitsch’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE: 2K Digital Restoration (1942, 99 min.)
As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot. This is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.
Rene Clair’s I MARRIED A WITCH (1942, 77 min.)
Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them—a prospective governor (Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). This delightful film is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms.
Friday, September 20