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Funny! Garbo's best film!
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.
Rubych Touch plays the finest rhythm and harmony in this movie. "Do not say that you want pictures, because I do not want being put in drawers," Garbo whispers in Husky is beautiful even in Moscow marching.
Delicious cinema. It's like tasting a good wine. The movie is relevant today more than ever. It is witty, comedic, romantic and very enjoyable. And what is really surprising it's very accurate in its satiric depiction of communism. It doesn't exaggerate, it doesn't belittle, it shows the real face of communism (without gore, of course). Greta Garbo shines in the title role. The story itself is wonderful in its timeless appeal, for all ages. The dialogue in this movie is another wonder: the film doesn't waste a single line of it. They just don't make movies like this anymore.
Garbo's dead pan delivery to Melvyn Douglas' flirtations are comedic gold. The 3 supporting Russian emissaries are just perfect. A great Rom-com and send up of soviet communism.
Funny movie with Greta Garbo, Mervyn Douglas. "Garbo laughs"
This is a drastically overrated film. I believe people associate praising this film as an homage to Greta Garbo, who herself may have been vastly overrated as an actress. It is an unbelievable comedy - I don't mean that to emphasis greatness, as it is literally very unrealistic. The plot is silly, the comic relief characters are endearing, the acting poor, so it is difficult to comprehend why the groupthink of critics award this "classic" status. I don't believe they know either.
Love it. Only seen it twice. Far too early to review it. Lubitsch, Wilder, Garbo. What more could you ask for?
Three bumbling Soviet lackeys are trying to sell some confiscated jewels in Paris so they can buy farm equipment for a people's commune. The matter is complicated once the dashing paramour (Melvyn Douglas) of an expatriate Russian noblewoman (Ina Claire) attempts to cheat the trio. Another agent of the USSR (Greta Garbo) is dispatched to fix the problem, but she didn't count on being swept off her feet. Ninotchka is a surprisingly witty and acerbic spoof of Red Scare politics, but its key asset is found in Greta Garbo's vivid (and hilarious) performance. The setting and subject matter make this film into a weird time capsule, but that doesn't stop Ninotchka from being very entertaining in its own right.
Testament of an age of high quality screenplays. Intelligent satire, effective comedy and splendid vehicle for Greta Garbo in one of her most unforgettable creations.