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Favorite films

  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • Notorious
  • Cléo from 5 to 7

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  • The Gay Divorcee

    ★★★★

  • Mr. Dodd Takes the Air

    ★★★

  • A Foreign Affair

    ★★★★½

  • Too Many Kisses

    ★★★½

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  • The Gay Divorcee

    The Gay Divorcee

    ★★★★

    I just love Erik Rhodes as the outrageously accented professional co-respondent Rufolfo Tonetti. He originated the role on Broadway and came to Hollywood to reprise it, and that over-the-top, play-to-the-balcony energy is just perfect.

  • Mr. Dodd Takes the Air

    Mr. Dodd Takes the Air

    ★★★

    I showed up for Frank McHugh, was pleasantly surprised by Jane Wyman’s prominent role, and was blown away by Alice Brady as the only opera diva this world will ever need.

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  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★★

    So many comedies of the 1930s and early 40s were set in glamorous worlds filled with madcap heiresses, glittering cocktail parties, men in white tie and tails, butlers and maids. But in The Shop Around the Corner, Lubitsch invites us into a Budapest luggage shop with a middle-class clientele, and the story focuses on the clerks, shop girls and errand boys who populate it. No fabulous costume changes, no nightclub scenes.

    The only things that sparkle in this film are the dialog and the performances, and the carefully crafted direction that makes the whole thing seem natural and effortless.

  • A Foreign Affair

    A Foreign Affair

    ★★★★½

    I’ve been mad at this movie over the years for casting dull John Lund as the object of desire for strait-laced Iowa congresswoman Jean Arthur and ex-Nazi sequined nightclub singer Marlene  Dietrich. But on this watch I changed my mind. He’s so uninteresting we can really concentrate on the women, it becomes  their story. And they are both terrific.