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Ninotchka (1939)

Director: Ernst Lubitsch     Starring: Melvyn Douglas Greta Garbo
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40718363
UPC: 012569566828
UPC 14: 00012569566828
Category Keywords: Essential Cinema  On-The-Road  Romance  Spies
Rating: NR
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A grim soviet official travels to paris on government business and succumbs to the city's romance.

"...screenplay [is]... literally sparkling with brilliant dialog...  Boxoffice Magazine
"Satirical, energetic and witty.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/6/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 56682
Video UPC UPC: 00012569566828
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

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

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Greta Garbo
Video Cast Info Ina Claire
Video Cast Info Melvyn Douglas
Video Cast Info Sig Rumann
Video Cast Info Charles Brackett, et al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ernst Lubitsch - Producer
Video Cast Info Ernst Lubitsch - Director
Video Cast Info Gene Ruggiero - Editor
Video Cast Info Melchior Lengyel - Story By
Video Cast Info Werner R. Heymann - Original Music By
Video Cast Info William H. Daniels - Cinematographer
Plot 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.


Oscar (1940)
   Video Award Name Greta Garbo, Nominee, Best Actress
   Video Award Name Sidney Franklin, Nominee, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Melchior Lengyel, Nominee, Best Writing, Original Story
   Video Award Name Charles Brackett, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay

Memorable Quotes

"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

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...Garbo's penultimate movie..." 01/05/1989 p.6D

"[T]he heretofore serious actress lightens up in Lubtisch's quick-witted comedy." 04/01/2004 p.62

Boxoffice Magazine 8 of 10
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.

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 8 of 10
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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Garbo,Greta
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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