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Trouble in Paradise (The Criterion Collection)
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- New digital transfer, with restored image and sound
- New video introduction by director Peter Bogdanovich
- Ernst Lubitsch's 1917 short film Das fidele Gefangnis (The Merry Jail)
- 1940 Screen Guild Theater radio program featuring Ernst Lubitsch, Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert, and Basil Rathbone
- Tributes to Lubitsch, written by Billy Wilder, Leonard Maltin, Cameron Crowe, Roger Ebert, and others
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Any quibbles I have with this disk has nothing to do with the film itself but with the presentation. The film is very old (1932) and some aging and artifacts are to be expected. However, the justly famous opening sequence is so dark and the details so muted as to be barely discernible. Every time the camera floats outside and into the dark during the first part of the film--detail is lost. The good news is that all of the indoor scenes are bright and sharp and possess good contrast. Criterion has obviously done some extensive cleaning and work on the film because other than the night scenes (too bad about Miriam Hopkin's entrance in a gondola) the film looks great Also the sound while maintaining a slight hiss throughout is free of any pops or crackles and is very clear. I have seen cleaner sharper prints of this film than the one that Criterion apparently got from Universal (Universal was responsible for the slightly soft and faded print of The Scarlet Empress that Crtierion released as well). Other than this complaint the print is generally fine with only minor scratches present primarily at some of the dissolves and edits.
The disc includes several great extras that are worth perusing for even casual fans of Lubitsch.Read more ›
We, ordinary people from this era, are not used to such delightful, delicate, sophisticated, witty and subtle screenplays & motion pictures. This film's pacing is perfect, the acting deft, the fun and enjoyment non-stop, Travis Banton's costumes are fabulous, the art-déco settings and the décors are top of the tops, and finally, the cast, an A++.
Herbert Marshall has never been so "bewildered" on the screen (so different from those dull characters he played, for example, in such films as those two landamark Bette Davis' melodramas of the early forties, "The Letter" and "The Little Foxes") as suave and elegant thief Gaston Monescu. Kay Francis (Mariette Colet) has never been so attractive, elegant, as a woman daringly, shamelessly, passionately and madly in love with debonair Marshall, and last but not least, Miriam Hopkins (Lily) was never so charming and beguilingly captivating, as Marshall's partner in crime and love. I will say no more -no spoilers here-, that's all you need to know before watching it.
Edward Everett Horton, Charlie Ruggles (as Francis' two feuding suitors) and C. Aubrey Smith (as the chairman to the board of directors of Francis' company), add expert supporting playing.
Beautifully photographed in black & white, one can easily understand why this motion picture is included in the top ten list of the best american films of all time, as the grandest example of the famed Lubitsch touch. By the way, I must say that the ending really caught me by surprise, a treat!
Then again, perhaps Ernst Lubitsh's Trouble in Paradise was a phantasm all along; some beautiful coincidence - like seeing a falling star out of the corner of your eye at midnight on your birthday. Whatever. To say that they don't make them like that anymore doesn't quite capture it. They must have passed legislation at some point outlawing this kind of sophistication and intelligence. I won't bore you quoting passages or praising individual performances. Suffice to say that this movie won't make you belly laugh once, but I guarantee that you will have a knowing smile on your face from beginning to end.
If you really want to be reminded of the kind of smarts you're capable of, buy this movie.
Ah, the "Lubitsh touch!" --Mykal Banta
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Possibly the best movie ever made. Certainly the best Lubitsch -- which is saying a lot, since he was the best director in history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ciel
I am a Kay Francis fan. I wish that she had made more films like this, and "One-Way Passage".
If you like Lubitsch, you'll love this one. Read more
I'm no more partial to Ernst Lubitcsh than I am to other capable directors because it think he displayed a surer grasp of appearances than substance in presenting his view of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Frank Cullen
most fabulous gowns I've ever seen....can anyone tell me where they are now?!Published 10 months ago by flowerchild
This is truly one of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen. The cast is outstanding and the chemistry undeniable.Published 13 months ago by CsV
Critics wrote raving reviews for this movie, released in 1932, at the height of Great Depression, and they still have not stopped yet! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rama Rao
Tedious movie for anyone who is not fascintated by the 1930's. The interiors, the "look", Ms. Francis' extraordinary wardrobe and furs are more compelling than the plot. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Virgil C. Johnson
Trouble in paradise is one if te funniest movies I have seen. It is witty and full if twists and turns in the plot that it keeps you guessing and wondering whatvis next. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lily Gonz
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