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Criterion Collection: Lubitsch Musicals [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZM1MJG
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MULTI-REGION DVD PLAYER REQUIRED ..........SYNOPSIS: Renowned as a silent film pioneer and the man who refined Hollywood comedy with such masterpieces as Trouble in Paradise, The Shop Around the Corner, Ernst Lubitsch helped invent the modern movie musical. With the advent of sound and audiences clamoring for "talkies," his love of European operettas and his mastery of film to create this entirely new genre. These elegant, bawdy films, made before strict enforcement of the Hays morality code, feature some of the greatest stars of early Hollywood (Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Claudette Colbert ) as well as that elusive style of comedy that would thereafter be known as "the Lubitsch touch."............Collector's set includes.....THE LOVE PARADE Ernst Lubitsch 1929......The Love Parade made stars out of toast-of-Paris Maurice Chevalier and girl-from-Philly Jeanette MacDonald, cast as a womanizing military attaché and the man-hungry queen of "Sylvania." With its naughty innuendo and satiric romance, it opened the door for a decade of battles of the sexes...... MONTE CARLO.....Ernst Lubitsch 1930.....Jeanette MacDonald's independent-minded countess leaves her foppish prince fiancé at the altar, and whisks herself away to the Riviera. Lubitsch's follow-up to The Love Parade shows even more musical invention, and presents MacDonald at her sexily haughty best........THE SMILING LIEUTENANT...Ernst Lubitsch 1931 Maurice Chevalier's randy Viennese lieutenant is enamored of Claudette Colbert's freethinking, all-girl-orchestra-leading cutie. Yet complications ensue when the sexually repressed princess of the fictional kingdom of Flausenthurm, played by newcomer Miriam Hopkins, sets her sights on him. ONE HOUR WITH YOU Ernst Lubitsch 1932.....Lubitsch reunites Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald, this time as a seemingly blissful couple whose marriage hits the skids when her flirtatious school chum comes on to her husband a bit too strong.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2008
"Shall I see you again?" asks Lieutenant Niki von Preyn (Maurice Chevalier).
"Oh, I hope so," says Franzi (Claudette Colbert), the luscious and liberated young violinist and leader of an all-girl orchestra in Vienna. Niki met her an hour or so ago at an outdoor biergarten.
"Well, perhaps tomorrow night. We could have dinner together," she says
"Ohhh...don't make me wait 24 hours. I'm so hungry!"
"Well then...perhaps we could have tea...tomorrow afternoon."
"Why not breakfast...tomorrow morning?" Niki suggests with a pleading smile.
"No, no. First tea...then dinner...then...maybe...breakfast."
The scene fades out with a kiss...and the next scene opens with a shot the next morning of two frying eggs.

This opening to The Smiling Lieutenant is one good example of how sly, charming, efficient and light-hearted Ernst Lubitsch could be. I'm not sure what all the hullabaloo concerning "The Lubitsch Touch" is all about, but I do know that The Smiling Lieutenant, The Love Parade, Monte Carlo and One Hour with You are among the most sophisticated paeans to the pleasures of mutual pleasure we're likely to see. They were made before the Code slammed down on Hollywood. Here, with Lubitsch, sex is as much a part of love as a kiss or a wink. You might have one without the other, but it wouldn't be half as much fun.

And what is there about Lubitsch endings? They're as clever as his beginnings. In Monte Carlo, for instance, we're in the Monte Carlo opera house watching two people as they watch the end of the operetta, Monsieur Beaucaire. In one box is the handsome and debonair Count Rudolph Falliere (Jack Buchanan). In another box is the beautiful and sad Countess Helene Mara (Jeanette MacDonald).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE on 19 July 2009
The one star who is constant to all of these movies is Mr Lubitsch himself. Such was his reputation by the late 1920s that no one in the opening titles gets bigger billing or greater prominence than the director. He took to sound like a duck to water so that even in the earliest of these musical romps, The Love Parade of 1929, his mastery of the new medium seems complete.

These four musicals have strong overtones of the worlds of operetta and Ruritanian romances. Even when the players are not singing they are often talking in rhyming couplets. Lubitsch's style is playful, impish, sophisticated and saucy in a way that must have seemed pretty naughty at the dawn of sound (and was virtually impossible to sustain by the mid-30s when the Hays code had started to bite.)

Your enjoyment of these musicals is likely to be conditioned by how winsome you find Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. Mr Chevalier saunters through them like a naughty puppy dog, frequently winking at the audience and oozing Gallic charm. Frankly, I like his act and find him infinitely preferable to Miss MacDonald's later partner Nelson Eddy who had all the allure of a suet pudding. Miss MacDonald is also a revelation in her early screen roles, revealing an impish sense of humour and comedic skills less evident in her later outings with Eddy. You'd certainly never guess that off-screen her colleagues referred to her as the "Iron Butterfly". Her operatic voice with its tendency to over-enunciation is perhaps something of an acquired taste, arguably it was too good for the material it was required to sing and one is not surprised that in later years she performed in grand opera.

My favourites in this collection are the first and the last which arguably have the most hummable scores.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2014
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Ernst Lubitsch left Germany for Hollywood in 1922. He immediately realised the advent of 'talkies' were ideal for musicals. This collection of four films are directed with the style of his genius.

1) The Love Parade: 1929 B/W, 109 minutes. Lubitsch's first sound film and 26 year old Philadelphian Jeanette MacDonald's screen debut as Queen Louise of Sylvania. She yearns for the experiences of life and hears of the experiences of her foreign emissary, Count Alfred, (Maurice Chevalier). He was an instant hit with the public. Their partnership is full of intrigue and carnal innuendoes with femininity against male chauvinism, perfectly matched with comic timing and satire. There is enough material to fuel the imagination in the dialogue accompanied by a score from Ernest Vajda and Guy Bolton. Excellent.

2) Monte Carlo: 1930 B/W, 90 minutes. A superb and sophisticated combination of music, romance and comedy with six nominations at the Oscar ceremony. With Chevalier busy elsewhere, Jack Buchanan was cast as the film's protagonist encountering a countess (Jeanette MacDonald), who has jilted her fiancée at the altar. Charming and romantic with music to match. 'Beyond The Blue Horizon', in perfect rhythm to the train Jeanette is on, is wonderful. Other highlights are, 'Memoire Beaucaire', 'Give Me A moment Please' and 'Always In Always.' These films were before the Hay's censorship, and were full of sexual overtones that undoubtedly will bewilder modern viewers.

3) The Smiling Lieutenant : 1931 B/W, 89 minutes. Maurice Chevalier is cast as the officer of the guards, Lieutenant Nikolaus, married to plain-Jane Princess Anna,(Miriam Hopkins), yet really loves Nikki (Claudette Colbert).
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