Tag Archives: Ernst Lubitsch

Notes on “Cluny Brown”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 1946 “Cluny Brown” is probably the most offhand thing director Ernst Lubitsch did during the sound era. It’s so offhand that it’s almost Buñuelian. Certainly, it’s the most surreal of Lubitsch’s late works. Jennifer Jones … Continue reading

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Movie Du Jour: “Cluny Brown” (1946)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lubitsch’s last completed movie which, for some reason, isn’t discussed or cited as frequently as his other classics. Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones are excellent. Pauline Kael wrote: A girl with a passion for plumbing is terribly repugnant … Continue reading

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“The Mountain Cat”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Released in 1921, Ernst Lubitsch’s “The Mountain Cat” (sometimes called “The Wildcat”) has little of the urbaneness of the director’s later work. It’s one of his Bavarian films, made (at least in part) on sojourns from … Continue reading

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Movie Clip Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Miriam Hopkins and Claudette Colbert sing “Jazz Up Your Lingerie” from Ernst Lubitsch’s THE SMILING LIEUTENANT (1931).

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Notes on “The Company’s in Love”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Max Ophuls’ first feature, released in 1932, seems a conscious emulation (and sort of send-up) of Lubitsch. Not only is it set partly in the Bavarian Alps, the setting of several early Lubitsch films, it features … Continue reading

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Wes Anderson’s stab at a screwball comedy, watching THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL felt like staring at a wall of hyperactive Swiss clocks. The production design, cinematography, and costumes are simultaneously enchanting and oppressive. The movie it most … Continue reading

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Movie Still Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Kay Francis and Miriam Hopkins in Ernst Lubitsch’s TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932) Click on the image to enlarge.

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Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Shouting Thomas is having bear troubles. Have you noticed how many scientific and/or academic studies are done on toys? In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some college is offering a degree in Barbie Studies. … Continue reading

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“The Kissing Bandit,” Frank Sinatra, and Ricardo Montalban

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I’ve been going through some of the lesser-known MGM musicals of late. There’s a lot of dreck hiding out in that celebrated body of work. But one of the things you quickly realize is that even … Continue reading

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