Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch Starring: Melvyn Douglas Greta Garbo

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A grim soviet official travels to paris on government business and succumbs to the city's romance.


Studio Warner
SKU 40718363
UPC 012569566828
UPC 14 00012569566828
Format DVD
Release Date 9/6/2005
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Editors Note
Note In 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.
Plot Summary
Summary Ninotchka 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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
USA Today "...Garbo's penultimate movie..." 01/05/1989 p.6D
Premiere "[T]he heretofore serious actress lightens up in Lubtisch's quick-witted comedy." 04/01/2004 p.62
Ernst Lubitsch
Melvyn Douglas
Greta Garbo
Cast & Crew
Charles Brackett, et al. - Screenplay
Ernst Lubitsch - Producer
Ernst Lubitsch - Director
Gene Ruggiero - Editor
Greta Garbo - Actor
Ina Claire - Actor
Melchior Lengyel - Story By
Melvyn Douglas - Actor
Sig Rumann - Actor
Werner R. Heymann - Original Music By
William H. Daniels - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1939
Catalog ID 56682
UPC 00012569566828
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (1940) 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
ReviewSource Boxoffice Magazine
Review Scintillatingly and as Russian as Borsht, this romantic comedy, which satirizes life and love in the Soviets, at the same time adds several inches to the film stature of two of Hollywood's most famous -- Producer-Director Ernst Lubitsch and Actress Greta Garbo. A streamlined screenplay, literally sparkling with brilliant dialog, tests the mettle of this duo, with the result that the widely vaunted Lubitsch touch of yore asserts itself with new mastery. Garbo finds herself in an entirely new type of role, one which prescribes the more difficult nuances of sophisticated comedy, and while she rises to the situation nobly, her elegance remains undeniable, and she carries herself with proud assurance of her talents. While Ninotchka may lack something for the masses, it must be catalogued as a triumph for all concerned.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review Delightful romantic comedy. Garbo is a cold Russian agent sent to Paris to check up on her comrades, who are being seduced by capitalism. She inadvertently falls in love with a playboy who melts her communist heart. Garbo talks and laughs. Satirical, energetic and witty.
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Garbo,Greta
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Boxoffice Magazine ...screenplay [is]... literally sparkling with brilliant dialog...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Satirical, energetic and witty.

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