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The Importance of Being Ernst - The Work of Filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch
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.
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