Ninotchka

1939, Comedy, 1h 50m

36 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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With Greta Garbo proving her comedy chops in the twilight of her career, Ninotchka is a can't-miss classic. Read critic reviews

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A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna "Ninotchka" Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d'Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon's charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment.

Cast & Crew

Greta Garbo
Ninotchka (Nina Ivanovna Yakushova)
Melvyn Douglas
Count Leon d'Algout
Sig Ruman
Michael Simonavich Iranoff
Bela Lugosi
Commissar Razinin (Moscow Board of Trade)
Gregory Gaye
Count Alexis Rakonin, Waiter-Spy
Richard Carle
Gaston, the Butler
Edwin Maxwell
Mercier, the Jeweler
Rolfe Sedan
Hotel Manager
George Tobias
Russian Visa Official (uncredited)
Dorothy Adams
Jacqueline, Swana's maid (uncredited)
Lawrence Grant
General Savitsky, Duchess' Consort (uncredited)
Charles Judels
Pere Mathieu, Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Mary Forbes
Lady Lavenham, Indignant Woman in Doorway (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann
Original Music
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Gene Ruggiero
Film Editor
Edwin B. Willis
Set Decoration
Horace Hough
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Ninotchka

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  • Aug 20, 2018
    Somehow I'm taken aback by how quickly Garbo's character changes from one scene to the next (which is in fact coherent with the film's obvious anti-Sovietism and casual sexism), but her magnetic presence and the excellent dialogue make everything an enormous pleasure to watch.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2014
    Its not false advertising to claim that "Garbo laughs" in this film (it happens on more than one occasion) but she's also endlessly charming and surprisingly funny.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    The sale of an exiled countess's diamonds brings a Soviet investigator to Paris where she falls her rival. Garbo laughs! Greta Garbo delivers a phenomenal performance as the eponymous character in this romantic satire/farce. Garbo's cyborg character softens about forty-five minutes into the film, and from then on she becomes old cinema's definition of charming, charismatic female lead. Melvyn Douglas is a fine leading man, and the three Russian stooges provide good comic relief. The film is typical Cold War-era fare -- maybe a little more complex as Leon actually reads Das Kapital, but that only sets up the butler's capitalistic retort to Communist ideology. But the film's strength is that it stays focused on the human relationship and the change in the character rather than on the what Ninotchka's conversion means as a political statement. Overall, this is a charming film that keeps its political message in the background.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2012
    A charming comedy with some really great dialogue in some of the scenes.
    Jared H Super Reviewer

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