1940s, 3.5/4, Comedy, Ernst Lubitsch, Review

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

#12 in my ranking of Ernst Lubitsch's filmography. This late period of Lubitsch's career (he only had one more full feature film in him after this before his untimely death in the early days of production on The Lady in Ermine) is a largely subdued, melancholic, and charming period. I do wonder if he was… Continue reading Heaven Can Wait (1943)

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – First Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDE6Uz73A7g It certainly looks like an adaptation of the book. Well, it should fix at least one broken aspect of the source material: the rather dull telling of the actual Hunger Games. Other than that, I see everything that the book does, so I don't really expect the film to fix anything else. It does… Continue reading The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – First Trailer

1940s, 3.5/4, Comedy, Ernst Lubitsch, Review, Thriller

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

#9 in my ranking of Ernst Lubitsch's filmography. It's interesting to contrast Ernst Lubitsch's effort at directly dealing with Nazism against Fritz Lang's. Lubitsch had the advantage of leaving Germany in the early 20s, well before the rise of Hitler while Lang left in 1933 right as they claimed power over the legislature and Hitler's… Continue reading To Be or Not to Be (1942)