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  • Actors: Melvyn Douglas, Greta Garbo, Ina Claire
  • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4IJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ninotchka" on IMDb

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Ninotchka (DVD)

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Easily the best film Greta Garbo ever made.
Cesare Petrillo
As Leon makes the Russians completely comfortable in the 'terribly Capitalistic city of Paris', envoy extradinaire Ninotchka (Greta Garbo) is sent to fix matters up.
Priscilla Stafford
This film has brilliant dialogue(Billy Wilder scripted),great storyline; is charming, sweet, and very fun to watch.
Eric Evans(EricRover5@aol.com)

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By El Kabong on August 25, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
An expertly-played and presented comedy that continues to be dogged by detractors for the oddest reasons. Some feel NINOTCHKA suffers compared to Lubitsch's earlier work, finding it formulaic alongside 1933's TROUBLE IN PARADISE. (I hadn't known Lubitsch had been given 'do-what-thou-wilt' privileges from the Hays Office - I'd labored under the delusion he faced the same restrictions in content and tone every other moviemaker did in 1939.) Other nay-sayers decry the film's jabs at Soviet collectivism as 'dated' if not 'unenlightened'. (Huh? You mean show trials and forced starvation of kulaks were GOOD things that a truly witty screenplay would celebrate?) Still other kibitzers squawk over the casting, of all things! (While it IS fun to picture William Powell or Robert Montgomery in the role of Leon, the boulevardier, Melvyn Douglas was never better than he is here. If he has his spotty moments, it's in those scenes where he must swoon with ardor, reciting dialogue that rings a tad purple to the ear; it's quite possible Powell or Montgomery would have fared even worse reading those lines.) Okay, enough defensive posturing - now let's go to NINOTCHKA's numerous strengths. Garbo is magnificent; she has a real knack for comedy (her deadpan entrance is hilarious) yet, as always, is able to break your heart with a look, a word, a gesture. Her three 'stooges' (Sig Rumann, Alexander Granach & Felix Bressart) are broadly funny and genuinely endearing. Ina Claire is everything her legend always claimed she was - though her character is icily calculating, you can't hate any woman who can make dialogue bristle like this. Lubitsch is in complete command throughout; his staging and pacing of the proceedings masterful in its seeming effortlessness.Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on December 2, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie one rainy night at the Clatsop Community College campus in Astoria, Oregon. I've been in love with this movie ever since. Every successful romantic comedy made since this film was released in 1939 owes part of their success to it. Greta Garbo takes a break from her serious filmmaking career and plays a strong, yet reasonable Russian woman. Melvyn Douglas is perfect in his role as well. The consumate playboy, he sees Garbo on the streets of Paris and must have her. It's not that easy though. Ninotchka isn't in Paris for romance.
Combining these two characters with the surrounding cast, it's easily one of the best comedies ever made. The writing is intelligent, and everything about this film has stood the test of time.
I have this film on laserdisc, and am wondering what's the hold up on the DVD. I'm guessing it must be Garbo's estate. Hopefully there'll be some exciting extras on the title when it's finally released. (Like the great extras on the "Rebecca" laserdisc box set & dvd set from Criterion.)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 4, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Yet another yummy Ernst Lubitsch comedy, this time starring the often-dour Greta Garbo as a humorless Soviet agent who is seduced by Western materialism (and a dashing, jovial Melvyn Douglas) while on a mission in Paris. Some may find the film's political aspects to be dated -- but hey, that's totally the point! Lubitsch manages to lampoon both Stalin-era communism and the American stereotypes of the French (as libertine sensualists) all at one time... And while the Soviet state is roundly mocked, the plight of its people is not, so that Garbo's character is given her dignity and honor... as well as some swell close-ups and nice clothes! The best part of this film is her transformation from a robotic, literal-minded Party functionary into a fully-rounded human being... The scene in which Douglas tries to crack Ninotchka's icy facade, telling jokes and acting up in order to provoke a laugh or a smile, while she rebuffs his every overture in a clipped, chilly monotone, is one of Garbo's best performances, and a brilliant comedic stroke for Lubitsch. In effect, the manic, wisecracking Douglas is turned into a straight man for Garbo, whose minimalistic delivery controls the scene, in an almost Steven Wright-like manner. And, of course, the rest of the film is a delight as well. A fascinating, frivolous look at prewar European politics, and a real humdinger of a screwball comedy, with a clever, snappy script co-written by Billy Wilder. What's not to enjoy, comrade?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Udvary on March 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Ernst Lubitsch has made many wonderful films such as "To Be Or Not To Be", and "The Shop Around The Corner", and while I perfer those two over this one, this film definitely is not without it's own charm. I seriously don't think Lubitsch was capable of making a bad movie, even if he wanted too! He was a far too talented filmmaker! And this movie showcases his talents very well. Three russian agents ( Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach, and Sig Ruman) are sent to Paris in order to sell priceless jewels once owned by the grand dutchess (Ina Claire). When word gets to her about the agents, she immediately waits to get back her jewels. This all makes for a setup to introduce Ninotchka (The Great Greta Garbo. While I'm definitely too young to remember her when she was at her peak. I've always been aware of the famous name GARBO!) Once she arrives in Paris she is amazed at the way people live, she can't stop looking at the "wild" fashions she finds women wearing. She soon meets a man, Melvyn Douglas (Count Leon d' Algout) and they fall in love. Now, I don't want to give too much away, but, all I can say is, this is a wonderful "classic" comedy to watch that I'm willing to bet will please many movie lovers with it's warm charm ,wit, and Garbo! The movie was nominated for 4 Oscar and one for Garbo's performance which was rightly deserved, too bad she didn't win.
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