Garbo, Greta

SKU: 883929447534

UPC 883929447534
Release Date 2015-06-09
Studio Turner Classic Movies
Discs 1
Length 110
Format B&W
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Synopsis In one of the most famous roles of her career, Greta Garbo plays a grim Soviet offical who travels to Paris on government business, but eventually succumbs to the city's romance. Melvyn Douglas is the Frenchman who warms her icy heart. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Actress--Greta Garbo, Best Original story.Ninotchka is a stern, straightlaced Communist Party member sent to Paris to finish the sale of Grand Duchess Swana's jewels for the Soviet government. But, while studying the frivolous materialism of Paris, Ninotchka meets Leon, Swana's lawyer and sometime lover, and the two become enamored with one another -- without knowing each other's identity. The Grand Duchess, in the meantime, is suing the USSR for ownership of the jewels. What follows is a delicate web of intrigue and deception as Swana tries to blackmail Ninotchka into leaving Paris. Soon the two lovers have to overcome political hurdles and cross borders just to be together.NINOTCHKA, which premiered in Hollywood on October 6, 1939, was the first film produced for MGM by Ernst Lubitsch. NINOTCHKA was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990. The picture was advertised as the film where Garbo Laughs!, recalling the Garbo Talks! campaign of ANNA CHRISTIE. But, according to a 1980 Hollywood Reporter item, Garbo's laugh had to be dubbed in, as she couldn't summon up more than a somber chuckle. Ernst Lubitsch was quoted as saying that Garbo was the most inhibited person [he had] ever worked with. He claimed that she was highly embarrassed to act drunk in a restaurant filled with extras. A New York Times article claims that MGM changed the setting of the film from Moscow to Paris, in order to avoid showing any depiction of living conditions in Russia, whether they be pleasant or deplorable. Cary Grant was MGM's first choice for male lead, and William Powell was a consideration as late as a week before production. But the cameras started rolling without a leading man. Melvyn Douglas was finally cast as Count Leon d'Algout. NINOTCHKA created an uproar in the Soviet Union. As late as the 1950s, Soviet authorities were threatening a Vienna theater to force it to stop running the film. A misunderstanding occurred when a letter was sent from the Soviets to Italian government officials in Rome demanding that NINOTCHKA be pulled from Italian theaters. The office was without a translator at the time and mistook the note for correspondence regarding the Soviet proposal for major political negotiations.This picture takes place in Paris in those wonderful days when a siren was a brunette and not an alarm... and if a Frenchman turned out the light it was not on an account of an air raid!--Quote from opening sequence...Garbo's penultimate movie...[T]he heretofore serious actress lightens up in Lubtisch's quick-witted comedy.
Cast Dorothy Adams (Star)
Felix Bressart (Star)
Ernst Lubitsch (Director)
Charles Brackett (Writer)
Ina Claire (Star)
Alexander Granach (Star)
Ernst Lubitsch (Producer)
Melvyn Douglas (Star)
Bela Lugosi (Star)
Cedric Gibbons (Production Designer)
William Daniels (Director of Photography)
Gene Ruggiero (Editor)
Gregory Gaye (Star)
Greta Garbo (Star)
Werner Richard Heymann (Composer)
Sig Ruman (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Academy Award-Nominated short Prophet Without Honor The Blue Danube cartoon Theatrical trailer Full Frame - 1.37 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Comedy
Attribute Standard Screen
Product Code Movie

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