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Cluny Brown [1946] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner
  • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Writers: Elizabeth Reinhardt, James Hilton, Margery Sharp, Samuel Hoffenstein
  • Producers: Ernst Lubitsch
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00168OKH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,112 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Romantic comedy-cum-social satire, set in the pre-war 1930s, from legendary director Ernst Lubitsch. Cluny Brown (Jennifer Jones) is a young London lass who harbours dreams of becoming a plumber. When she takes on a plumbing job at a society home, she meets dashing Czech philosopher, Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), a refugee from the Nazis. Hoping to climb the social ladder, Cluny accepts a position as maid in a fancy country home, where she once more meets Belinski, who happens to be a house guest, and they promptly fall in love with each other. Then the altogether more rich Mr Wilson (Richard Haydn) appears on the scene and the flighty Cluny must decide where her heart belongs...

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A beguiling comedy, the last completed by Ernst Lubitsch as director, Cluny Brown is set in a never-never land England in 1938. Jennifer Jones plays the niece of a plumber, unsure of her place in the world, who takes a job as a maid at a country house, where she re-encounters intellectual Czech refuge and freeloader/free spirit Charles Boyer. This being a romantic comedy, the ending is not hard to guess; however, along the way there are a lot of good jokes, some startling double entendres, and some deft comic acting (Peter Lawford aside, who is a very dull stick).

Jennifer Jones has a deep note to her voice which has reminded me in previous films of Marilyn Monroe; here, she is very Monroe-ish, and her character is quite similar to Marilyn's in The Seven Year Itch - though perhaps not so daffy, or overtly sexy. There is a scene in which she and Boyer are reminiscing about their first meeting, where she turned up in lieu of her uncle to mend a sink - the other servants are eavesdropping and plainly think the two of them are talking about sex. `I rolled up me sleeves,' says Jones, `and rolled down me stockings - and bang, bang! bang!' The way she says it is hilariously suggestive - how they got it past the censors beats me.

Anyway, a charming film - not very well known, I think - and definitely to be recommended.
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British characters as seen by a central European!
The actors are all perfect in their parts: Cluny "who does not know her place", Belinsky who manages to con his way as a "great man" through insular British pre-war society, to the members of the "lower orders" who not only know their place but relish being in it. It is a finely chiselled cameo, with every scene just right.
Different from the book and much, much better - someting that can rarely be said of films based on books.

Marta Gondos
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The BFI should be proud of their DVD release of Cluny Brown. Not only does it make this wonderful film available at last but the quality of both picture and sound are outstanding. Oddly, the film has yet to be released on DVD in the country of its origin. Thank goodness for multi regional players!
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A Lubitsch mis-fire. He lacks an understanding of the English class system. Therefore the comedy fails to spark. A wordy and laboured script. Also the disc had a fault - ghost imaging when the actors moved. An all-round disappointment yo one who admires Lubitsch.
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This is a technical review of four Ernst Lubitsch films on DVD bought from Amazon.co.uk
"Trouble in Paradise" from Eureka (Region 2), "The Shop Around the Corner" Korean Import (All Regions), "To Be or Not to Be" form Universal Studio Canal (Region 2) and "(El Pecado de) Cluny Brown" from Cinecom (All Regions).
I have not seen these DVD's on a large screen, only on a 15.6 laptop screen, so "technical review" means in this case how the movies work on my laptop, concerning picture and sound. I have seen the first two of the films in full lenght, and the last two only five minutes to check if they work. They do. All four movies have (at least for a laptop) fine picture and sound. All four are with original english soundtrack (with some subtitles on 2 and 3). No. 4 is dubbed in spanish, but easily changed to the original english soundtrack. Reviews on Lubitsch can be found elsewhere. He was a great director, and I think that "To Be or Not to Be" and "Cluny Brown" are masterpieces. Arne Sørensen
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England in the late 1930's.Czech activist Adam Belinsky(Charles Boyer)fleeing from Nazi persecution finds comfort from an unlikely quarter when a chance meeting with a plumber's "daughter"Cluny Brown(Jennifer Jones)develops into a friendship with country lord's son Andrew Carmel(Peter Lawford).Complications of the heart and mind ensue as Cluny becomes second maid to the Carmels much to Belinsky's surprise and a possible wife to a self satisfied country pharmasist Mr Wilson(the superb Richard Hadyn).

Lubtisch's last film encapsulates pretty much his entire career -effortlessly light,witty and sophisticated with a message(here it is the british class system) and beautifully played by another wonderful cast.Boyer,not given to comedy is rather good here and the erratic Miss Jones is lovely as well but everyone gets several moments to shine - the aforementioned Hadyn as Mr Wilson:"You might care to look at this picture.It was painted by hand" being one of many.

Adapted by Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhardt from Margery Sharp's novel, Cluny Brown has - for want of something more intelligent to say - an air of sophistication while still being a little ribald - which could not be said of today's comedic output.I grew up on Airplane,Caddyshack,Meatballs and if you were looking for a little more subtlety Woody Allen and that compared to today's garbage makes people like for Lubtisch and Preston Sturges giants of film comedy from what was truly the Golden Age of Comedy.

Lubtisch made as well as Cluny Brown, Trouble in Pardise,To Be Or Not To Be,Heaven Can Wait,Design For Living and The Shop around The Corner.Delightful films all.
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