Ninotchka

Ninotchka

DVD - 2005
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Garbo plays a dour, severe Soviet official who comes to Paris on business involving the sale of some czarist jewels. But soon business turns to pleasure as she discovers the special magic of Paris and finds herself succumbing to the charms of a suave Frenchman named Leon D'Algout (Melvyn Douglas). The plot bubbles merrily as Ninotchka chooses between romance and duty--and must even confront a rival for Leon's affection in the exiled Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire).
Publisher: United States : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2005.
Edition: Standard version.
ISBN: 9781419807749
1419807749
Branch Call Number: NIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Jan 02, 2015

Several years after the revolution Russia’s newly formed Soviet Republic is trying to make ends meet by selling off the assets it confiscated from its deposed ruling class. To this end a trio of bumbling cabinet ministers travel from Moscow to Paris in order to pawn a collection of priceless gems formerly owned by the Duchess Swana. Their plans are derailed however when the Duchess, now living in Paris, tries to reclaim her coveted jewellery by having her lawyer set up a series of legal challenges. Realizing that the three men are clearly out of their league (they begin to fall prey to capitalism’s crafty ways) Moscow sends a new envoy to deal with the problem—stone-faced and iron-willed Ninotchka (Greta Garbo!!), a dour comrade who’s sense of humour has been replaced by strings of socialist rhetoric. But even she is no match for the City of Lights as romance, in the form of the Duchess’ dashing lawyer, begins to soften her sharp edges. A thoroughly enjoyable though lightweight romantic comedy kept afloat by Garbo’s star power and a devious script which gently disparages communism while reducing Mother Russia to a Bolshevik sitcom (naturally it was banned in the USSR for years). The cast is rounded out by romantic lead Melvyn Douglas (and his moustache), comedic great Sig Ruman as Minister Iranoff, and Ina Claire as the Duchess in one of filmdom’s most delightfully bitchy performances. The comedic elements may have mellowed over the years but as the early theatre posters proclaimed—“Garbo Laughs!”—and that’s all that really matters.

hania4987 Dec 01, 2013

another Lubitsch / Wilder classic!

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e278
Oct 18, 2013

“Ninotchka”; I agree with the adman whom said this comedy allows a view of Garbo that gives her skills more depth. Not earth shaking, but fun.

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rslade
Oct 01, 2011

Not necessarily one of Garbo's best, but an amusing and sweet little comedy. Interesting turn by Bela Lugosi as a completely stiff high official.

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