Ernst LubItsch’s Ninotchka
Moviediva Film Series presents

Ernst LubItsch’s Ninotchka

(Don't Pronounce It -- See It!)

A grim Soviet functionary (Greta Garbo) finds herself strangely susceptible to a suave Continental playboy (Melvyn Douglas) and a mad, mad Paris hat. Garbo doffed her accustomed mantle of the tragic heroine for her first comedy. “Garbo Laughs” said the tagline in the ads, bigger than the title of the movie, and audiences did too, drowning out the dialogue penned by future director Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot). Ninotchka is, perilously, a satire of both capitalism and communism, and Garbo thought Lubitsch, whose “touch” brought European sophistication to Hollywood, was the best director she ever had. He returned the compliment by saying, “She is the only star I ever worked with that I did not have to drag away from the mirror.” 

(NR, 1939, 110 min)

Wednesday, September 12

7:00pm   Cinema One


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