Posted by: absntmindedariel | April 21, 2011

Ninotchka (1939)

If you likeThe Girl Next Door, Revenge of the Nerds, Big

Synopsis– Ninotchka (Greta Garbo), a Russian government official, flies to Paris to see what is keeping her three colleagues from completing their assignment: selling the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana.  When she arrives she finds the problem: the charming Count Leon (Melvyn Douglas)–the Grand Duchess’ former lover– has distracted the Russians with capitalist notions and extravagance! Such tricks are not for Ninotchka.  This time it’s Leon who is distracted, but can he overcome Ninotchka’s prejudice and professional focus and find her softer side? Oh… probably.

Why it’s better– The caption on the original movie poster said, “Garbo laughs!” Most of her flicks (like Camille) required very dramatic, emotional performances, but Ninotchka gives a peak at a more playful Greta Garbo in her first comedy. The whole movie is pretty fun, but I love when Ninotchka gets drunk and keeps demanding to make a speech to “the masses”.

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  1. It’s an amazing movie. One of my favorites from the 30s.

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