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The Importance of Being Ernst  

Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) was the leading director in both Germany and Hollywood and was largely responsible for creating two popular genres, the romantic comedy and the musical. He began directing in the silent period, and his classic films include THE MARRIAGE CIRCLE, TROUBLE IN PARADISE, DESIGN FOR LIVING, NINOTCHKA, THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, and HEAVEN CAN WAIT. Lubitsch’s subtle, obliquely witty style of dealing with sexuality and the serious subject of how men and women should treat each other — celebrated as “The Lubitsch Touch” — not only managed to circumvent the censors but also influenced generations of filmmakers. Although he is not as well-known today as he was in his time, he has many devoted followers among both filmmakers and cinephiles, and those who are new to his work invariably respond with delight.


The Importance of Being Ernst

Item # 20MinSD6511

Meeting Schedule

Day: Tu,  1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
1/7/2020 - 1/7/2020


Joseph McBride


Downtown Extension Campus
Room 626

Seats Available: 46
Mini-courses are open to all! Non-members are welcome to register.