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Ernst Lubitsch

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  • DVD Review: 'Design for Living'

    When Ernst Lubitsch's comedy about a Bohemian menage a trois was released in 1933, it took a lot of heat for its lack of fidelity to Noel Coward's original stage play. Screenwriter Ben Hecht boasted that he had retained only one line of dialogue from the play. True or not, what Hecht added was a less frenetic rendition of the style of “The Front Page” and “Twentieth Century,” his collaborations with Charles MacArthur. While the play may be more sophisticated, the movie is many times funnier and more infectious. Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins and Gary Cooper sparkle as the three lovers/friends; and even their foil (the wonderful Edward Everett Horton in one of his classic fussbudget roles) is given some sympathetic aspects.
  • Film Review: 'This Means War' a humorless slog

    Film Review: 'This Means War' a humorless slog
    There is much humor to be found in the outrageous, even dangerous, lengths a sympathetic character will resort to in the name of obsessive love. And there's plenty on display in the preview teaser for the next “Ice Age” movie as Scrat —...

    Film review: Quentin Tarantino ropes himself a Western with 'Django Unchained'

    Film review: Quentin Tarantino ropes himself a Western with 'Django Unchained'
    As diverse as Quentin Tarantino's first films (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown”) were in tone (tragic, comic and romantic, respectively), they all took place within roughly the same world and the same...