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
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When Leon asks if Ninotchka wants to listen to the news, she declines and says, "We want to be left alone." This is the accurate quote from Garbo's famous line in Grand Hotel (1932), and a tongue-in-cheek nod to the former film. See more »
Re: Comrade Kopalski, "ski" is typically an ending for Polish names. In Russian, the name would more appropriately have been spelled "Kopalsky". See more »
He is cutting our throat.
What can we do? We have to accept.
Comrades, comrades. Don't let's give in so quickly. After all, we have to uphold the prestige of Russia!
All right, let's uphold it for another ten minutes.
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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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