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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 224918846
UPC: 715515089913
UPC 14: 00715515089913
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The Criterion Collection
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.

"The dialogue is sharp without seeming too impeccably perfect to be real human speech.  Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A daring movie that satirizes sexual mores and heaps irony upon irony.  Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers

Editor's 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.


Video Features Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Black & White

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Criterion Collection
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/6/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 91 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00715515089913
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio   1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gary Cooper
Video Cast Info Miriam Hopkins
Video Cast Info Edward Everett Horton
Video Cast Info Fredric March
Video Cast Info Franklin Pangborn
Video Cast Info Helena Phillips Evans - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rolfe Sedan - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Wyndham Standing - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Vernon Steele - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Olaf Hytten - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Isabel Jewell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Armand Kaliz - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Adrienne D'Ambricourt - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jane Darwell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info James Donlan - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Harry Dunkinson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Charles K. French - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Mary Gordon - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Grace Hayle - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Noël Coward - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Nathaniel W. Finston - Composer
Video Cast Info Ben Hecht - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Victor Milner - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Lionel Belmore - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Thomas Braidon - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Nora Cecil - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Emile Chautard - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Mathilde Comont - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ernst Lubitsch - Director

Professional Reviews

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

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