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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Trouble In Paradise (1932)

When two thieves (Miriam Hopkins, Herbert Marshall) meet up in Venice, they decide to join forces. After several successful adventures, they plot to inveigle their way into the confidence of a wealthy socialite (Kay Francis) and rob her. But Cupid puts a wrinkle in their perfect plan when Marshall finds himself attracted to his victim. Pure bliss! The very model of what is referred to as "the Lubitsch touch". Elegant, sexy, witty, light and smart. If there's ever such a thing as a perfect film, this is it. It makes one a bit sad and nostalgic (something I rarely get) that there's no modern equivalent of this graceful and refined comedic style made for adults. Lubitsch is blessed with his three leads. They know how to make the most of the material, casually scattering their lines like pearls delicately dropping off a necklace. And I love how Lubitsch doesn't get all quaggy at the end, instead giving us a poignantly tart but very funny coda. Based on the play THE HONEST FINDER by Aladar Laszlo. With Edward Everett Horton, Charles Ruggles and C. Aubrey Smith.

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