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|A grim soviet official travels to paris on government business and succumbs to the city's romance.|
"Satirical, energetic and witty. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteIn one of the most famous roles of her career, Greta Garbo plays a grim Soviet offical who travels to Paris on government business, but eventually succumbs to the city's romance. Melvyn Douglas is the Frenchman who warms her icy heart. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Actress--Greta Garbo, Best Original story.
Cast & Crew
|Charles Brackett, et al. - Screenplay|
|Ernst Lubitsch - Producer|
|Ernst Lubitsch - Director|
|Gene Ruggiero - Editor|
|Melchior Lengyel - Story By|
|Werner R. Heymann - Original Music By|
|William H. Daniels - Cinematographer|
Plot SummaryNinotchka is a stern, straightlaced Communist Party member sent to Paris to finish the sale of Grand Duchess Swana's jewels for the Soviet government. But, while studying the frivolous materialism of Paris, Ninotchka meets Leon, Swana's lawyer and sometime lover, and the two become enamored with one another -- without knowing each other's identity. The Grand Duchess, in the meantime, is suing the USSR for ownership of the jewels. What follows is a delicate web of intrigue and deception as Swana tries to blackmail Ninotchka into leaving Paris. Soon the two lovers have to overcome political hurdles and cross borders just to be together.
|Greta Garbo, Nominee, Best Actress|
|Sidney Franklin, Nominee, Best Picture|
|Melchior Lengyel, Nominee, Best Writing, Original Story|
|Charles Brackett, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay|
|"This picture takes place in Paris in those wonderful days when a siren was a brunette and not an alarm... and if a Frenchman turned out the light it was not on an account of an air raid!"----Quote from opening sequence|