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Ernst Lubitsch

Features

Wednesday, June 20 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Four

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part four features Michael Fassbender, Jane Fonda and more...


Thursday, August 18 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 6: Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli

Today runs the gamut. Hollywood to indie art house, female perspective to male, screwball comedy to chamber drama. The odyssey from Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli will provide illumination on how film's first special effects were used, how two brothers presciently preceded reality TV in the Hamptons, and why some directors prefer to work about once a decade on average...


Reviews

Tuesday, January 17 2012

'Design for Living' Is a Raunchy, Stylish, Pre-code Gem

Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March are a ménage-à-trois for the ages.


Wednesday, June 15 2011

'Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany' Is a Bleak, Disturbing and Well-Argued Book

Rudolph Herzog’s chilling assertions show that the presence of humor describing such events as the burning of the Reichstag building and the Night of the Long Knives means that these happenings were common knowledge and German citizens understood their meaning.


Tuesday, April 22 2008

Eclipse Series 8: Lubitsch Musicals

The pre-Hays Code sexual innuendos of these films capture a side of the musical rarely seen in classical Hollywood films, of guilt-free dalliances and blatantly carnal wordplay in the style of Cole Porter.


Tuesday, June 14 2005

Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection (1943)

The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.


Tuesday, April 1 2003

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

The film is full of perfectly executed scenes.


Blogs

Wednesday, July 24 2013

'The Merry Widow' (1934)

Lip service.


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