Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

9 Episodes

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.

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Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
  • The Lubitsch Touch Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Angel

    Episode 2

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1937 • United States
    Starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas

    Ernst Lubitsch took a rare detour into melodrama with this urbane look at modern marriage. Marlene Dietrich stars as Maria, the neglected wife of Sir Frederick Barker (Herbert Marshall),...

  • Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1938 • United States
    Starring Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton

    The great Ernst Lubitsch lends his famously sophisticated touch to this whimsical farce about a spoiled American millionaire who uses his wealth to lure an attractive French aristocra...

  • Ninotchka

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1939 • United States
    Starring Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire

    “Garbo talks!” proclaimed ads when silent screen star Greta Garbo made her debut sound picture. Nine years later, the movie legend was ready for another change. “Garbo laughs!” cheered the publicit...

  • That Uncertain Feeling

    Episode 5

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1941 • United States
    Starring Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith

    Ernst Lubitsch’s remake of his own 1925 silent film KISS ME AGAIN is an effervescent screwball tale of infidelity and psychoanalysis. Jill (Merle Oberon) and Larry Baker (Melvyn Douglas) hav...

  • To Be or Not to Be

    Episode 6

    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 ...

  • Heaven Can Wait

    Episode 7

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1943 • United States
    Starring Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn

    Deceased playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doub...

  • A Royal Scandal

    Episode 8

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1945 • United States
    Starring Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, Anne Baxter

    Produced and developed by Ernst Lubitsch—who was slated to direct when he fell ill and was replaced by Otto Preminger—this witty historical romance casts the larger-than-life Tallulah Bankhe...

  • Cluny Brown

    Episode 9

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1946 • United States
    Starring Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer, Peter Lawford

    The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations. J...