A delicate hand, effervescent humor, and an economy with words and images define the subtle but instantly recognizable style of the émigré master of the Hollywood comedy Ernst Lubitsch, whose celebrated “touch” lent a special elegance and sophistication to each project he helmed. This selection of some of the director’s later gems—made during a period when his risqué wit had to craftily evade the Production Code censors—features a subversive foray into melodrama starring Marlene Dietrich (ANGEL), the fizzy romantic charmer that introduced audiences to a lighter side of Greta Garbo (NINOTCHKA), a supernatural farce in divine Technicolor (HEAVEN CAN WAIT), and an audacious anti-Nazi satire (TO BE OR NOT TO BE) that only Lubitsch could pull off.
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1942 • United States
Starring Jack Benny, Carole Lombard
As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become ...