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Blu-ray Review: Risque, Delightful Comedy ‘Design For Living’ From Criterion

21 December 2011 9:20 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – From the very first scene, a first-silent exchange in which a beautiful woman enters a train car to see two handsome men sleeping across from her and chooses to draw them on her sketch pad before falling asleep and waking up to flirt with both of them outright, “Design For Living” is a romantic comedy masterpiece. I’m stunned to admit that I had never seen the Ernst Lubitsch risque joy but now I consider it one of my favorite Criterion editions. The movie is laugh-out-loud funny with three stars at the peak of their skills — charming, engaging, enjoyable. I’ve been doing this long enough that it’s increasingly rare to see a classic film for the first time that floors me like “Design For Living.” It’s stellar.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

A painter (Gary Cooper), a playwright (Fredric March), and an artist (Miriam Hopkins) walk into a French apartment. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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DVD Playhouse December 2011

11 December 2011 5:07 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—December 2011

By Allen Gardner

The Rules Of The Game (Criterion) Jean Renoir’s classic from 1939 was met with a riot at its premiere and was severely cut by its distributor, available only in truncated form for two decades until it was restored to the grandeur for which it is celebrated today. A biting comedy of manners set in the upstairs and downstairs of a French country estate, the film bitterly vivisects the bourgeoisie with a gentle ferocity that will tickle the laughter in your throat. Renoir co-stars as Octave. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Introduction to the film by Renoir; Commentary written by scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by Peter Bogdanovich; Comparison of the film’s two endings; Selected scene analysis by Renoir scholar Chris Faulkner; Featurettes and vintage film clips; Part one of David Thomson’s “Jean Renoir” BBC documentary; Video essay; Interviews with Renoir, crew members, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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The Criterion Collection Announce December Blu-ray Slate Including Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes

15 September 2011 3:37 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The Criterion Collection has just announced its Blu-ray release slate for December and, while it's a bit lighter than usual (only four releases instead of the now almost customary six or seven), it's remains another strong month and an excellent way to end a fantastic year of releases.

Of the four upcoming titles, only one is a new addition to the collection; Ernst Lubitsch's Design for Living. Released in 1933, Design for Living stars Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March and is in part a risque romantic comedy while also taking a witty approach towards the individuals' creative pursuits. Lubitsch is a Criterion favorite, and this release should further prove just why that is.

The three remaining releases are all High Definition upgrades of previous Criterion DVDs, and they are quite the lineup. First and foremost we see the incomparable Alfred Hitchcock receive another well deserved high definition release with his 1938 comic thriller, »

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New Release: Design for Living DVD and Blu-ray

15 September 2011 2:27 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Fredric March (l.), Miriam Hopkins and Gary Cooper hit a bump in the road in their Design for Living.

Gary Cooper (High Noon), Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives) and Miriam Hopkins (Trouble in Paradise) play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s” agree­ment in the 1933 classic comedy film Design for Living.

A risqué relationship movie (made before the Motion Picture Production Code began being enforced in 1934) and a witty take on creative pursuits, Design for Living was directed by Ernst Lubitsch (To Be or Not To Be) and freely adapted by Ben Hecht (Notorious) from a play by Noël Coward (Brief Encounter).

At once a debonair and racy adult entertainment, the movie concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable — or unwilling — to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March »

- Laurence

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Suits Review: Specter v. Tanner

18 August 2011 9:32 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Harvey and Mike remained "Undefeated" on Suits this week. So much for that Boston lawyer who came to town to defend a powerful petroleum company charged with failing to cap an oil well, which led to countless victims developing various forms of cancer.

Meanwhile, Mike found himself fighting to clear Rachel's name when she was accused of leaking a confidential list of plaintiffs to a rival firm.

In other words: Pearson & Hardman certainly had its hands full. Lucky for the firm, its best and brightest, mainly Mike and Harvey, brought their A-game, despite their tactful opponent.We learned a little bit more about Harvey this episode. I always saw him as an athlete at some point in his early years, but who knew he played baseball? And had a good arm?

It was interesting to see Harvey have to play against a version of himself. It took him several tries »

- chandel@mediavine.com (C. Charles)

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The Daily Notebook's 3rd Writers' Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2010

10 January 2011 8:02 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

With 2010 only a week over, it already feels like best-of and top-ten lists have been pouring in for months, and we’re already tired of them: the ranking, the exclusions (and inclusions), the rules and the qualifiers. Some people got to see films at festivals, others only catch movies on video; and the ability for us, or any publication, to come up with a system to fairly determine who saw what when and what they thought was the best seems an impossible feat. That doesn’t stop most people from doing it, but we liked the fantasy double features we did last year and for our 3rd Writers Poll we thought we'd do it again.

I asked our contributors to pick a single new film they saw in 2010—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they saw in 2010 to create a unique double feature. »

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