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A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them. She starts out condemning the decadent West, but gradually falls under its spell, with the help of Steve Canfield, an American movie producer. Written by
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The usual lavish MGM treatment is given to Cole Porter's version of the cold war farce "Ninotchka", producing a film more entertaining than Billy Wilder's original. The music is good, particularly the ballads, though some of the more upbeat songs definately suffer from a lack of originality. Lorre and company are engaging as the Soviets sent to bring back Russia's famous composer. Charisse is the "special envoy" -- she does a fine job, showing herself as one of Astaire's most talented co-stars. Astaire is doing a good job as usual. Nice direction by somebody besides Minnelli in the Freed camp for a change.
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