To Be or Not to Be
All of Lubitsch’s strengths in top-form and mixed seamlessly into a smart, biting satire of Nazi Germany. Wit and humor are fired in rapid fashion and hit their mark perfectly.
James Stewart, The Shop Around the Corner
A charismatic and charming performance, laced with subtlety and nuance, fitted perfectly for Lubitsch’s sophisticated style.
Miriam Hopkins, Trouble in Paradise & Design for Living
Yes, I it’s a tie. Miriam Hopkins and herself again because one Miriam Hopkins is not enough. Feisty, sexy, vibrant and impassioned, she easily is able to give life to any picture she’s in.
“Heil Myself”, To Be or Not to Be
The single scene in the entire marathon that made me literally laugh way out loud in an instant. Lubitsch’s funniest moment, and the surprise factor is essential for the gag to work.
BEST “LUBITSCH TOUCH”:
“Concentration Camp Ehrhardt”, To Be or Not to Be
One of the smartest things about it is how it’s used once in an already fairly amusing fashion, and then again later in a scene that is genuinely comedic and bitingly satiric at the same time.
MARATHON SCORE: 74/100