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Ninotchka (1939)

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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

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Only the royal suite at the grandest hotel in Paris has a safe large enough for the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. So the three Russians who have come to sell the jewels settle into the suite until a higher ranking official is dispatched to find out what is delaying the sale. She is Ninotchka, a no nonsense woman who fascinates Count Leon who had been the faithful retainer of the Grand Duchess. The Grand Duchess will give up all claim to the jewels if Ninotchka will fly away from the count. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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1 February 1940 (Australia)  »

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$1,365,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,187,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was one of Ernst Lubitsch's personal favorite films. His other favorites were The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and Trouble in Paradise (1932). See more »

Goofs

When the Russian trio are drunk, the glasses fall off of the man in the middle, and in the next shot they are back on him See more »

Quotes

Mercier: Frankly gentlemen, we're expected to take a loss.
Iranoff: Capitalistic methods...
Buljanoff: [nodding in agreement] They accumulate millions while taking loss after loss!
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Ça c'est Paris
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Music by José Padilla
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A great movie -- timeless
27 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie. I can't understand why some people have problems with it. Makes me wonder if we don't have some people recoiling at some innocent cracks made at the Soviet Union's expense. As a romantic comedy it has very few peers and is a great introduction to black and white films for those used only to color. There are a plethora of interesting secondary characters. Garbo is wonderful, of course, and Dougless is as good as I've seen him any film. Lubitsch's direction is masterly, but not 'ground-breaking', a fault for which some are willing to run him under the harrow -- a case of holding someone to impossible standards. Nobody can break new ground in every film -- sometimes we have to settle for mere masterly competence. See this film! Unless you happen to romanticize the former Soviet Union, you will enjoy it.


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