Saturday, July 16, 2011

#348: Ninotchka

1939, TSPDT Rank #265

This comedy starring, in my opinion, the best and most beautiful of all the movie stars of the 1930s, could have been a disappointment for fans of Greta Garbo's alluring mystique and flair for romantic tragedies, but in the hands of the great Ernst Lubitsch it actually adds another side to Garbo's legacy and remains a great example of light but satisfying romantic comedy. Garbo is luminous and entertaining in her first comedic film role, and forms the core of a great cast that features Melvyn Douglas as her eventual lover, and some Lubitsch regulars fleshing out the story. Many of the comedies as old as this have aged considerably, but the famed "Lubitsch touch" makes this another timeless film, as enjoyable and enchanting as ever. A great Greta Garbo film, and another classic from the golden year of 1939.

(Rating: 9/10)

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