The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
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The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shopgirl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other almost at first sight. Kralik would prefer the company of the woman with whom he is corresponding by mail but has never met. Novak likewise carries a torch for her male pen pal, whom she also has never laid eyes on. It doesn't take a PhD degree to figure out that Kralik and Novak
Jan 1, 1940 Limited
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As the plot has as many complications as characters, much of the fun comes in watching Scripter Samson Raphaelson neatly tangle and untangle them without tying himself in a hard knot.
Although picture carries the indelible stamp of Ernst Lubitsch at his best in generating humor and human interest from what might appear to be unimportant situations, it carries further to impress via the outstanding characterizations by Margaret Sullavan
This 1940 film is one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range.
Thoroughly different from To Be or Not To Be but just as exhilarating, it's one of the few films truly justifying Lubitsch's reputation for a 'touch.'
...a pretty kettle of bubbling brew it makes under Mr. Lubitsch's deft and tender management and with a genial company to play it gently, well this side of farce and well that side of utter seriousness.
Wonderful period low-budget light romantic comedy taking place during the Depression among a few underpaid neurotics surviving in the workforce of a small notions store.
Entertaining to a fault, the film doesn't ignite the imagination in the way many other films of the period did.
Sure, the plot-turns are foreseeable, but the film's wit and perfectly gauged performances are undimmed delights.
Lubitsch demonstrates that romantic comedies, like popcorn, can be enjoyed salty as well as sweet.
Contains delightful performances by Margaret Sullavan (full of grace and warmth) and the young James Stewart (a portrait of perfection).
My favorite Christmas film, this deliciously delicate, multi-nuanced romantic comedy is one of Lubitsch's very best films, flawlessly acted by Jimmy Stewart at his peak, the sublime Margaret Sullavan, and the rest of the large ensemble.
This charming and well-scripted comedy exploits the ingenious set-up with delightful results.
One of the all-time great romantic films stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as two slightly antagonistic clerks working in the same store who do not realize they have been corresponding with one another and are in love.
This might be Lubitsch's gentlest work: sweetness mixed with a genuine sadness.
Who but Lubitsch could have pulled off such a winning romantic comedy that dares to include, but is not marred by, such tragic undercurrents adultery, attempted suicide?
This smart and stylish Lubitsch comedy was recently remade as You've Got Mail.
Esta charmosa comédia romântica traz um James Stewart mais irônico do que costume, mas igualmente nobre - e sua interação com Margaret Sullavan cria ótimos momentos de ácido romantismo.
The Shop Around the Corner is a blueprint for great romantic comedy, perfectly balancing its sentiment with cleverness and humour, and giving us a set of delightful characters in a plot that is as unpredictable as it is original.
Not Lubitsch at the top of his form, but good.
Not much better than the 'You've got Mail' remake
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- Pirovitch: Kralik, you'll get the wallet.
- Klara Novak: All my knowledge came from books, and I'd just finished a novel about a glamorous French actress from the Comedie Francaise. That's atheater in France. When she wanted to arouse a man's interest, she treated him like a dog.
- Alfred Kralik: Yes. Well... you treated me like a dog.
- Klara Novak: Yes. But instead of licking my hand... you barked.
- Pepi Katena: Doctor, do I call you a pill-peddler?
- Pepi Katena: Well Doctor, I would say it's a nervous breakdown. What do you think?
- Doctor: It appears to be an acute epileptoid manifestation and a pan phobic melancholiac with indication of a neurasthenia cordus.
- Pepi Katena: Is that more expensive than a nervous breakdown?
- Alfred Kralik: There might be a lot we don't know about each other. You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.
- Klara Novak: Well I really wouldn't care to scratch your surface, Mr. Kralik, because I know exactly what I'd find. Instead of a heart, a hand-bag. Instead of a soul, a suitcase. And instead of an intellect, a cigarette lighter... which doesn't work.
- Alfred Kralik: My dearest sweetheart, Klara, I can't stand it any longer. Take your key and open post office box 237 and take me out of my envelope... and kiss me. ...and take me out of my envelope and kiss me.
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