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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Bela Lugosi received fourth billing even though he appears only near the end of the movie and only in one scene with Greta Garbo. See more »
After arriving at the suite, and Ninotchka begins typing, the position of the trio and the manner in which they hold their hats change. See more »
I am a traitor. When I kissed you, I betrayed a Russian ideal. I should be stood up against the wall.
Would that make you any happier?
[Walks Ninotchka over to the wall, puts a blindfold on her and pops open a cork of champagne]
I have paid the penalty. Now, let's have some music!
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In June 1963, the film was re-released in Spain, with a new dubbing and a completely new score with classic music added in scenes who didn't got any kind of music in the original version. See more »
Delightful Romantic Comedy and Funny Satire to the Fight of Classes
Three Russian traders come to Paris to negotiate the jewels of a former Grand Duchess of the Russian empire. The former owner of the jewels, Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire), is exiled in Paris, and try to retrieve the possession through the French justice. Her lawyer and lover, Count Leon d'Algout (Melvyn Douglas), advises the Russians to wait for the sentence of the justice. Meanwhile, the Russian supervisor Nina Ivanovna Yakushova "Ninotchka" (Greta Garbo)" is sent to Paris to survey and evaluate the performance of the negotiators, and incidentally meets Count Leon d'Algout. They feel initially attracted for each other, and later they fall in love for each other. However, the Grand Suchess becomes jealous and their love become impossible due to the Russian closed political system. "Ninotchka" is a delightful romantic comedy and funny satire to the fight of classes. The chemistry between Melvyn Douglas, who has a magnificent performance, and Greta Garbo, gorgeous as usual, is amazing. The confrontation between the capitalism and socialism systems is exaggerated, labeled and caricatured, but very funny, provoking many laughs. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Ninotchka"
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