Trouble in Paradise Reviews
January 20, 2015
A unique piece of comedy beautifully crafted by Lubitsch in terms of his own rare and twisted style that proves to be undeniable delightful. For me, this movie defines the "Lubitsch touch".
October 20, 2014
A pure gem of 1930s cinema, "Trouble in Paradise" (1932) was the first film to have people discussing the 'Lubitsch Touch'. That means a lot of things -- the director's distinctive style which, in the case of comedies and farces, treated even the most scandalous manners and behavior in a light, humorous manner; his pushing the limits of what was deemed sexually risqué for the period; Lubitsch's sparkling, sometimes cynical wit, and his cinematic fluency. There is no shortage of those elements here.
March 25, 2014
Its characters are so unbelievably intricate, as such that is only possible in films - sexy, sarcastic, classy, charming, and confident.
February 16, 2014
No one does comedy like Lubitsch. "Trouble in Paradise" is as heightened and hilarious and as sad and human as any comedy ever made, all at once, a perfect, intimate human story played out on the canvas of farce, sweet and sexy and very funny and just enough to break your heart. It's perfect.
November 15, 2013
A crook met his true love, another crook in a theft attempt. The two went on to make a fortune out of another rich woman, only discovered that their love is challenged and the suspicion of those once they had swindled was on the rise. Pretty enjoyable according to the standard of the 1930s.
September 1, 2013
Hilarious film. All the players are superb. Marshall is debonair, & Francis is hot. The film is not altogether cohesive. Though clever, somewhat morally ambiguous.
June 6, 2013
I love Lubitsch!
Es kann kein Zufall mehr sein. Nach seinen zwei berühmtesten Filmen Ninotchka und To Be or Not to Be, die ich beide großartig gefunden habe, habe ich nun mit Trouble in Paradise, eines seiner weniger populären Werke erforscht.
Trouble in Paradise war angeblich der erste Film, dem zeitgenössische Beobachter den Lubitsch-Touch" attestierten, und ja, er ist offensichtlich da.
Der gute Mann ist ein Komödiengott. Was er mit Sprache anstellt ist unvergleichlich. Allein die anfängliche Konversation zwischen dem Italiener und Filiba ist göttlich. Mit Präzision und Ironie, aber nie aggressiv, parodiert er die Italiener. Beispiele wie diese finden sich in seinen Filmen zuhauf.
Ebenfalls allen Lubitsch Filmen anheim ist ihr Qualitätsabfall im dritten Akt, dann wenn die Romanze überhandnimmt, und der Humor in den Hintergrund tritt. In Trouble in Paradise bildet sich immerhin eine spannende Menage-à-trois mit unerwartetem Ausgang.
Der Film ist augenscheinlich vor dem in Kraft treten des Hays-Codes entstanden. Gerade sexuelle Anspielungen kommen wiederholt vor, und die Glorifizierung der Diebe (und das sind sogar die Protagonisten) wäre in einem späteren Film wohl auch nicht durchgegangen.
Alles in allem liefert der Film eine solide Geschichte als Grundlage für die mannigfaltigen Witze, Späßchen und Slapstickeinlagen. Teilweise wirkt er zwar etwas übertrieben vielschichtig, und manche der romantischen Szenen hätte man besser ersatzlos gestrichen, aber der Spaß kommt auf keinen Fall zu kurz.
Zum Abschluss noch eine kurze Anmerkung: dritter Lubitsch Film (alle aus seiner Hollywood-Ära wohlgemerkt) und alle haben in Europa gespielt. Die Sprachlogik ist ebenfalls wieder einmal nicht sehr durchschaubar (die Franzosen sprechen Englisch, alle anderen in ihren jeweiligen Landessprachen).
December 31, 2012
An elegant and charming comedy from director Ernst Lubitsch. Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins are con artists who team up to do a job on rich lady, Kay Francis, but romantic entanglements muddy the waters and confuse the scheme. This film was made before the studio production code, so there's racier of humor than you see in most older films. Because of this, the film was not shown or distributed again until the 1970s and even then it wasn't release on home video until at 2000. However, it's the film's intelligence, wit and charm that set it above most similar films. It's not a screwball comedy, but a witty, adult comedy. When people say, they don't make movies like that anymore, this is certainly an example of the type of film you no longer made. This film typifies the "Lubitsch Touch."
December 12, 2011
The best romantic comedy of all time.
December 14, 2012
gets an extra star for the lavish sets aka 'the lubitsch touch'.
December 3, 2012
Beautiful interplay with great humour and an enjoyable plot line. Displays a layer of sophistication that is often missing from films of the period.
September 3, 2010
I loved this movie, it was hilarious.
June 24, 2012
A light heart comedy.
June 8, 2012
Really annoyed at RT for using Flash for the trailers (No longer works with PPC macs)
June 6, 2012
Crime definitely pays in this masterpiece of sophisticated comedy--A Cinematic SoufflÃ (C)!!
May 29, 2012
A lovely 30`s comedy classic with dialogue that sizzles!
May 18, 2012
Gaston (Marshall) and Lily (Hopkins) are two thieves in love that have made a living out of pick-pocketing, swindling, scamming, and robbing, living luxuriously during the Great Depression. Their next plan is to swindle beautiful perfume executive Mariette (Francis), by getting jobs working for the lovely Parisian widow. The plan hits a snag when Gaston falls for her-- angering Lily to the point where she plans on ditching him and taking the goods for herself. "Trouble in Paradise" is the movie that made Ernst Lubitsch popular. End of story. Known for being able to make the nastiest plot in the world charming and witty, he does it again, probably his best time, with this film. For being made in 1932, the film still feels modern, with characters and a story that would still be pretty darn interesting today. If you can root for the so-called villain's for the film and dislike the person with morals, you know that this just leaks the famous "Lubitsch-touch", a comedy ingredient that many directors have tried to copy but never been able to do. Stylish, sophisticated, and romantic in a cool way, "Trouble in Paradise" remains today to be Lubitsch's best film. Sure, we all love "To Be or Not To Be" and "Cluny Brown", but this is the quickest, the funniest, and the most clever-- all things that feel so much fresher, considering this was very early in the director's Hollywood career. The film is made even better by a very sly script-- but overall the film is helped by Marshall and Hopkins' marvelous, hilarious performances that are not only overdone (in a good way), but their comedic time is flawless. "Trouble in Paradise" is a tad-bit overrated, but as a romantic comedy it works very well.
February 11, 2012
The first talkie romantic comedy, and more than likely still the best.
January 12, 2012
"'Trouble in Paradise' is one of those films where everything seems to work: the direction, the actors, the editing, you name it. The pace is so perfect, you almost don't realise that time went by."Trouble in Paradise" is a wonderful, masterful comedy directed by the master, Ernst Lubitsch.His film can be enjoyed again and again and, in these hard times, is the perfect escapist fare.
January 1, 2012
Recommended to Wes Anderson and Tarantino fans, who want to see where they have borrowed a lot of visual ideas from. You can also see Lubitsch's influence on Billy Wilder's storytelling. The narrative isn't as perfectionist as Wilder's, but there are a lot of tiny details accentuated subtly, almost all of which have a satisfying payoff. In this sense, the film has a very novelistic feel. It's also very light and fast. Herbert Marshall has Cary Grant's confidence, with an intelligence and superiority that provides successful comedy while making the audience question his sympathetic qualities. I loved this and Lubitsch's confident aesthetic. Looking forward to seeing more from him.