Design For Living (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)

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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 this continental pre-Code comedy freely adapted by Ben Hecht (Notorious) from a play by No?l Coward (Brief Encounter), and directed by Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble in Paradise). A risqu? relationship comedy and a witty take on creative pursuits, it concerns a commercial artist (Hopkins) unable?or unwilling?to choose between the equally dashing painter (Cooper) and playwright (March) she meets on a train en route to the City of Light. DESIGN FOR LIVING is Lubitsch at his most adroit, an entertainment at once debonair and racy, featuring three stars at the height of their allure.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 224918846
UPC 715515089913
UPC 14 00715515089913
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 12/6/2011
Love Triangle
Love Triangles
Editors Note
Note DESIGN FOR LIVING was based on the stage comedy by Noel Coward, though little of his dialogue actually made it to the screen. Playwright Fredric March and artist Gary Cooper both fall in love with Miriam Hopkins, an American living in Paris. Both men love the girl, and the girl can't make up her mind between the two men, so the threesome decide to move in together--strictly platonically, of course. As the men gain in success and prominence, the chasteness of the "menage a trois" begins to be threatened, and soon both March and Cooper clash over Hopkins. She reacts by marrying her wealthy but dull boss (Edward Everett Horton). Miriam is bored to tears until March and Cooper invade one of her husband's stuffy parties and chase the tiresome guests away. Miriam's husband huffily agrees to a divorce, and the girl returns to her unorthodox relationship with her two former suitors. The subtle homosexual implications of the Noel Coward stage original were dissipated by the presence of the aggressively masculine Gary Cooper and Fredric March in the film version of DESIGN FOR LIVING. Replacing these implications were the equally subtle but more "mainstream" boudoir innuendos of director Ernst Lubitsch.
Entertainment Weekly "[With] twinkling star turns....Their banter is so lighthearted the movie could almost float away..." -- Grade: B 12/09/2011
A.V. Club "[A] witty, sophisticated romantic comedy....At the center, Hopkins is a powerhouse -- smart and libertine, with a no-nonsense honesty..." -- Grade: A 12/21/2011
Gary Cooper
Miriam Hopkins
Edward Everett Horton
Fredric March
Cast & Crew
Gary Cooper - Star
Miriam Hopkins - Star
Edward Everett Horton - Star
Fredric March - Star
Franklin Pangborn - Star
Helena Phillips Evans - Co-Star
Rolfe Sedan - Co-Star
Wyndham Standing - Co-Star
Vernon Steele - Co-Star
Olaf Hytten - Co-Star
Isabel Jewell - Co-Star
Armand Kaliz - Co-Star
Adrienne D'Ambricourt - Co-Star
Jane Darwell - Co-Star
James Donlan - Co-Star
Harry Dunkinson - Co-Star
Charles K. French - Co-Star
Mary Gordon - Co-Star
Grace Hayle - Co-Star
Noël Coward - Source Writer
Nathaniel W. Finston - Composer
Ben Hecht - Screenwriter
Victor Milner - Director of Photography
Lionel Belmore - Co-Star
Thomas Braidon - Co-Star
Nora Cecil - Co-Star
Emile Chautard - Co-Star
Mathilde Comont - Co-Star
Ernst Lubitsch - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1933
UPC 00715515089913
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
  1.33:1 [4:3]
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Black & White
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis The dialogue is sharp without seeming too impeccably perfect to be real human speech.
Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers A daring movie that satirizes sexual mores and heaps irony upon irony.

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