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Share the Love: Valentine’s Day Special

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In which Greta Garbo is a Communist emissary from Soviet Russia, an idealogue whose stony heart melts under the decadent charm of Melvyn Douglas in a sublimely romantic Paris. Written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, two of them European emigres, the film casts capitalism as a human virtue, along with love, laughter, silly hats and Champagne. Times change of course, but perhaps not so much: it is hard to argue with the movie’s unapologetic joie de vivre.

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Sunday afternoon’s screening of Ninotchka will be followed by a conversation about the relationship between Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch between Donald Brackett (author: Double Solitaire: The Films of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder) and Devan Scott (podcast: How Would Lubitsch Do It?)


Ninotchka is delicate flirtation and political satire made into a perfect whole, and a reminder of skills that studio writers have largely lost. In their moment, the film’s Stalin jokes got bigger yuks than they do now, but sublimely, the sense of romantic dislocation has lost none of its swirl or heat. Famously, Garbo opened that clenched mouth of hers and laughed like a loon; the feelings you’ll have will go deeper.

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York


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Ernst Lubitsch


Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Sig Ruman, Felex Bressart

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110 min

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Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch


William H. Daniels


Gene Ruggiero

Original Music

Werner R. Heymann

Art Director

Cedric Gibbons

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