- Actors: Herbert Marshall, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Charlie Ruggles, Kay Francis
- Directors: Ernst LUBITSCH
- Format: PAL
- Language: 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
- Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
- DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
- Run Time: 82 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- ASIN: B008LU92FU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,000 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
TROUBLE IN PARADISE (Masters of Cinema) (DVD) 
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SYNOPSIS: Jean Renoir once said of Ernst Lubitsch ( Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be): "He invented the modern Hollywood. " And none of the director's films has had greater influence or impact than Trouble in Paradise. With his first comedy of the sound era, Lubitsch created one of cinema's supreme visions of shimmering romance and worldly sophistication.
When career thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets glamorous pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), their love soon takes on a professional dimension as they initiate a plot to rob beautiful perfume magnate Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But as Gaston gets ever closer to his intended prey, his romantic confusion, as well as the threat that his past will catch up with him, throws their plan into jeopardy.
A breathtakingly nimble and elegant examination of the perils of mixing "business" with pleasure, this gloriously adult and witty comedy features a peerless screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, effervescent performances by its stars (including Charlie Ruggles and Edward Everett Horton), and exquisite direction by the legendary Lubitsch. Rarely equalled, never topped, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the UK home viewing première of Trouble in Paradise.
- New high-definition transfer in the film's original aspect ratio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
- Illustrated booklet featuring the words of Lubitsch, rare archival imagery, and more
- Further details to be announced nearer the release date!
"The most sophisticated comedy ever produced in Hollywood … The performances, visuals and screenplay are all exquisite. 5 STARS" --Empire Magazine
"It's a masterpiece, as well as being wonderfully good fun. 5 STARS" --Radio Times
"If ever a film slipped down a treat, this one does." --Time Out
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It is largely set in a gorgeous art nouveau Paris, though it opens in Venice. Gaston Monescu, a high-class gentleman thief, has met his soul mate Lily, a lovely femme pickpocket, masquerading as a countess, in Venice. They decide to join forces to con Madame Mariette Colet, a beautiful widowed Parisienne perfume company owner. Gaston takes a job as Mme. Colet's personal secretary under the alias Monsieur Laval. Rumors start to fly as 'M. Laval' steals Mme. Colet away from her more suitable suitors. And when the secret of his actual identity catches up to him, Gaston is caught between the two beautiful women: to stay, to flee...
Monescu was played by Herbert Marshall, (The Little Foxes ,Foreign Correspondent ,The Letter); Lily by Lubitsch favorite Miriam Hopkins, (DESIGN FOR LIVING); and Madame Colet by Kay Francis, (Once Upon A Honeymoon / In Name Only ). Internet sources say the director first considered younger actors, such as Cary Grant, for these roles, but decided he wanted performers whose faces reflected some maturity as they attempted to nimbly navigate all the obstacles to satisfaction that Lubitsch threw in their paths. So he cast the 42-year old Marshall and two no-longer ingénues in his lead parts. Rom/com stalwarts Charles Ruggles as the Major; Edward Everett Horton as Francois Filiba; C. Aubrey Smith as Adolph J. Giron; Robert Greig as Jacques, Mariette's butler and Leonid Kinskey as the communist round out the mittel-Europa-flavored cast. Paris has never looked lovelier; interiors are gleamingly shot and full of Hans Dreier's striking Art Deco designs. The women look their best in gowns by Travis Banton.
Director Lubitsch had fled Nazi Germany for Hollywood; Germany's loss was Hollywood's gain. As noted above, he was particularly praised for "the Lubitsch touch," which involved split second timing, and a bubbling, buoyant erotic wit. In those days before the promulgation of the blue-nose Hays Code, Lubitsch was able to sneak quite a bit of innuendo into his films. This movie was popular both with critics and with audiences, but, after 1935, when the production code began to be enforced, it was withdrawn from circulation. It was not seen again until 1968. The film was never available on videocassette and only became available on DVD in 2003. Oddly enough, or perhaps not so oddly, I have recently seen or re-seen four of Lubitsch's pictures, and all four center around romantic triangles, two of each flavor. This one is sublimely, elegantly sweet and spicy: a Hungarian palacinka to treasure again and again.
Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins are two thieves who insinuate themselves into the household of wealthy, glamorous widow Kay Francis, with the intention of robbing her. However, complications arise when Marshall and Francis appear to develop an attraction for each other. Also, one of Francis's suitors, (Edward Everett Horton) turns out to be a former victim of Marshall's, and he is in danger of being recognised. But he is loath to leave the house before they have succeeded in robbing Francis - but is it only her money he is after?
This film is a joy, it sparkles with wit and subtle sexual innuendo (something no ham-fisted modern director could ever manage). All the cast give wonderful comic performances, it is sheer delight from beginning to end.
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