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Ninotchka


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  • Actors: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi, Sig Ruman
  • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Melchior Lengyel, Walter Reisch
  • Producers: Ernst Lubitsch, Sidney Franklin
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 6 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4IJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,300 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. C. Whitcomb on Jan. 2 2009
Format: DVD
What can be said of Garbo? Saying it again is not enough. In Ninotchka, Garbo portrays the steely-faced Ninotchka, stern functionary of Stalinist Russia. See comes to Paris to correct trade commissioners who have over-stepped their bounds. Over the course of her stay, she discovers the "City of Light", a life of laughter and love, and a desire to wear the silliest hat imaginable. Garbo begins by playing straight man to Melvyn Douglas' playboy. Their scenes together are loaded with rapid fire dialogue and brilliant jousting. And when Garbo, drunk on champagne, gets silly, Douglas and her play it up with some classic sight gags. An excellent classic movie in every respect.
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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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So says the Parisian waiter to the stern Ninotchka (Greta Garbo) as she orders a plate of---well I guess it could pass for nouvelle cuisine in California today.
Meanwhile Count Leon (Melvyn Douglas) smitten hopelessly with 'my beautiful, barbaric Ninotchka' attempts to convince her that he dines at this 'worker's proleteriat' restaurant every day, and worse, tries to make her lsugh by telling her a lame joke about two Scotsmen. Am I getting to complicated? No matter, this scene, like every other scene in this film, is funny, witty, urbane and has a wonderfull pay-off at the end.
NINOTCHKA is THE archetype of the romantic screwball comedies.
The best.--and Garbo's only comedy.
Lubitsch's masterpiece (I'd give 'To Be or not To Be' a close second place) is delicious fun all the way through.
Greta Garbo spoofs communism, French sophisticates, the eternal war of the sexes, but most of all, she spoofs the screen personna of Greta Garbo.
One can tell that she had a blast playing counter to type--no melodramatic semitragic heroines here, it's pure wit and laughs. A fast and crazy ride, as the idealistic Ninotchka falls in love.
Among the writing credits you might notice a recent emigre to America: Billy Wilder.
See it with someone you love. And if you start to get carried away, 'Suppress it'
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Ninotchka is a funny, well-written film with a good dash of romance showcasing Greta Garbo's beautiful, expressive eyes.
Her unlikely relationship with Melvyn Douglas is a hit; one that you hope will succeed.
The only flaw in the film is its characterization of Soviet Russians as buffoons (contrast the simpleton emissaries with the multi-faceted duchess) and its constant smug references to the superiority of the U.S. political system. Initially these references are just another facet of the good comedy: "I've been fascinated by your five year plan for the past 15 years" but after awhile they wear thin: [the man walking through another's apartment to get to his own or the line about the bird leaving a crumb of black bread].
Nevertheless, the action and the script, taken as a whole, is very smart and very funny. It includes some great romantic lines such as when a wooing Douglas (referring Garbo to a clock) says, "Look, one hand has met the other hand...they've kissed."
Garbo is the star. I didn't have any pre-conceived expectations of what she wouldn't do but the laugh scene in the cafe is certainly one of the highlights and key moments of the film--one that will likely have you laughing too.
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By A Customer on April 20 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is a delightful movie with a clever plot and terrific dialogue. They truly don't make movies like this anymore. Leon's courtship of Ninotchka is persuasive, even if he is a dirty middle-aged man. The robotic Greta Garbo gets the choicest lines (Must you flirt...suppress it). Like all great comedies you feel sympathy and interest for all the characters, be they the buffoonish operatives or the rich heiress. The setting and landscape are very specific, but there is no sense in quibbling about the politics of communism or the way in which it is portrayed in this movie. It's a smart romantic comedy, smart romantic comedies unfortunately have been extinct for decades, and if Garbo laughing was a gimmick back in the day, it's simply refreshing acting for today's viewers.
Bela Legosi has a cameo appearance.
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