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July 16, 2016
A strangely vicious film that's difficult to like, which is quite disappointing given the pedigree of the names surrounding it (Lubitsch, Wilder/Brackett, Colbert, Cooper). It's sporadically funny, but a bit uncomfortable and tonally confused.
August 3, 2015
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November 30, 2014
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is an enjoyable film and a great example of what was called 'the Lubitsch touch' back in the day... Shaving A Bluebeard--It's all about getting what you want when you want it. And the message of Bluebeard's Eighth WIfe is to be careful what you wish for, until what you wish for wishes for you...'Bluebeard's Eighth Wife' is a GEM!!
½ April 2, 2014
Mostly delightful and always charming romantic comedy with a great cast and a generally good script that occasionally falls short.
December 18, 2013
a funny lubitsch comedy zips along at just 80 minutes
½ September 25, 2011
Zany screwball comedy, directed with a suitably light touch by Ernst Lubitsch, is notable for a very clever and brilliant script by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. While some complain this bubbly farce seems forced and contrived, I couldn't help but enjoy it - the opening "pajama bottoms' sequence being a visual farce on a par with anything Preston Sturges had done. Gary Cooper is a multi-millionaire not finding the French Riviera much to his liking, until meeting down-at-heel aristocrat Colbert, who schemes to marry said multi-millionaire to save the family fortune squandered by her ne'er-do-well father (a very amusing Edward Everett Horton). Having tied the knot, she is horrified to find out Cooper has been married seven times before, placing her new-found financial security in jeopardy. The stars are very engaging and have great chemistry - David Niven is particularly good as Cooper's beleaguered assistant and Colbert's awkward paramour.
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Super Reviewer
July 10, 2011
The players are charming but the whimsy falls rather flat in this wannabe souffle. Claudette's wardrobe is amazing especially in the beginning when she is supposed to be penniless and is dressed to the teeth in satins and silks.Certainly entertaining but not quite what you expect from Lubitsch.
March 23, 2011
A little silly, sure, but far from bad. I thought it was an incredibly enjoyable movie. Besides, how many romantic comedies don't stray into the "contrived" to keep their heroes together?
October 11, 2010
An excellent entry into the Lubitsch canon. Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert are perfect in their roles, with chemistry to spare. David Niven and Edward Everett Horton provide fine support. It's just a lot of fun.
Super Reviewer
½ September 19, 2010
This movie has an star cast, but it's not all it could be. It starts out average, gets funnier, and then gets average again. It is a slightly different story than usual, though, so it is worth watching.
September 9, 2010
It's a Shock to me that this is that low rated it's defently the best Ernst Lubitsch Movie i see yet. A Superb Romantic Comedy with the Fast & Fresh Dialogues between the Hillarious Couple Gary Cooper & Claudette Colbert in Front of the beautiful Panorama of the French Riveria and of cause Czechoslowakia.
½ July 2, 2010
Underrated Ernst Lubitsch classic, and although it is not among his best work it is still a charming and amusing romantic comedy. The cast is terrific, and stars Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper have a fine rapport. Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn and Elizabeth Patterson provide great support. Well written with grand art direction and costume design.
½ July 2, 2010
70/100. Underrated Ernst Lubitsch classic, and although it is not among his best work it is still a charming and amusing romantic comedy. The cast is terrific, and stars Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper have a fine rapport. Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn and Elizabeth Patterson provide great support. Well written with grand art direction and costume design.
February 23, 2010
The touch of Billy Wilder in screenplay is visible, but the last 10 minutes ruined everything, Claudette is too delivish not to love her.
February 5, 2010
3: The Lubitsch touch is evident from the opening 10 seconds or so of the film. The sign on the window listing languages is perfect: Something about German, French, and then "English is spoken, American is understood". The opening conundrum dealing with the possible purchase of pajama tops without the trousers is great as well. The camera rushes along with the clerk as they climb up to chain to deal with the pressing issue. First the manager, then the vice president, then the V.P. phones the President in bed and he comes to the phone without the trousers, but still refuses to sell. Hilarious. Then Colbert offers to purchases the bottoms while Cooper gets the tops. This is a "meet cute" that has been copied, with minor variations, time and time again in romantic comedies. Of course it had to come from the master himself. Honestly, it's a brilliantly funny and entertaining picture, although not consistent enough throughout to qualify as one of Lubitsch's best. Still, one wonders both how Lubitsch does it and how a film like this can manage to dissappear over the years. The first act or so is as funny or funnier than most of the best contemporary comedies. Lubitsch rivals the best of Chaplin and Keaton even. David Niven's typing scene is absolutely classic. One key, then he crosses out a letter, then another key, and another letter crossed out, etc. etc. I suspect this would have brilliant with a different cast. I've never been a huge fan of either Cooper or Colbert even if they are pretty god here. Great ending.
January 25, 2010
Though chuckles happen every now and then, the majority of the movie is ridiculous and dull. Though the performance decent, the characters arent likeable enough to care what happens to either of them. Overall the movie isn't all that funny.
½ January 17, 2009
This movie reminds me some of the film "Arthur." It has strengths and weaknesses, but I'd say there are some funny lines in it and a nice egalitarian-ending plot.
December 20, 2008
Best use of Onions ever!
December 11, 2008
I had no idea Gary Cooper could be so ridiculous.
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