Trouble in Paradise (1932)
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Average Rating: 7.6/10
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Ernst Lubitsch used Laszlo Aladar's play The Honest Finder as a springboard for one of his most delightful early-'30s Paramount confections. Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins play Gaston and Lily, a pair of Parisian thieves, both disguised as nobility, who decide to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis); Gaston gets a job as Mariette's confidential secretary, while Lily installs herself as the woman's typist. Love rears its head, forcing Gaston to choose between
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Trouble in Paradise is a triumph of direction and decor which could have been accomplished only by that scowling, heavy-jowled Teuton who is Paramount's chief contribution to the civilized cinema, Ernst Lubitsch.
It's possible to prefer other Ernst Lubitsch films for their more serene stylings and more plangent emotions, but this 1932 production is probably the most perfectly representative of his works.
Despite the Lubitsch artistry, much of which is technically apparent, it's not good cinema in toto.
It's a movie that feels both of its time and ahead of all the times that have followed.
This comedy of jewel thieves is itself the prize sparkler of Lubitsch's enterprising career.
Not a false note in the whole piece. The performances, visuals and screenplay are all exsquisite.
Lubitsch at the height of his powers as a director of deft, inconsequential and sophisticated comedy.
The lighthearted Depression-era comedy clearly has the famed Lubitsch touch.
What sticks with you long after the movie is over is the terrific, European cosmopolitan humour, and unrelenting sexiness of it all
This is, without a single word of hyperbole, one of the most taut scripts and perfectly-executed pieces of comic direction in the history of film.
A couple of visual gags are still on target and the acting is swell, but on the whole the story is too simple, too flat, and too uninteresting to stand the test of time.
'The satire is sharp, the comedy is witty and urbane, and the characters are so full of life it feels as if they might just walk off the screen.'
Audience Reviews for Trouble in Paradise
- Mariette Colet: You see, François, marriage is a beautiful mistake which two people make together. But with you, François, I think it would be a mistake.
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