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1939 film by John Waters, Ernst Lubitsch


Released 1939 (83 years, 9 months ago)

Director Ernst Lubitsch and John Waters
Duration 110 minutes
Awards National Film Registry
Genre romantic comedy and heist film
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Story, Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and Academy Award for Best Picture
Composer Werner R. Heymann
Production company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, Charles Brackett and Melchior Lengyel
Producer Ernst Lubitsch and Sidney Franklin

About Ninotchka

Ninotchka, the 1939 film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, is a witty and charming romantic comedy that showcases the talents of Greta Garbo in a rare comedic role. The film follows the story of a stern Soviet envoy, Ninotchka, who is sent to Paris to oversee the sale of jewels confiscated from the aristocracy. While in Paris, she meets Count Leon, a charming playboy who tries to win her heart. The film is a delightful mix of political satire, romance, and humor, with Garbo delivering a standout performance as the stoic and serious Ninotchka.

Lubitsch's direction is masterful, and the film's script, written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, is sharp and witty. The film's supporting cast, including Melvyn Douglas as Count Leon and Ina Claire as the Grand Duchess Swana, also deliver strong performances.

Ninotchka was a critical and commercial success upon its release, and it remains a beloved classic of the romantic comedy genre. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it is often cited as one of the best films of 1939, a year considered by many to be the greatest in Hollywood history.

Overall, Ninotchka is a delightful and charming film that showcases the talents of its cast and crew. It is a must-see for fans of classic Hollywood cinema and romantic comedies.


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- The Criterion Collection. (n.d.). Ninotchka.

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