Lubitsch's classic, co-written by Billy Wilder, is one of the first American movies to predict the Cold War and, under the cover of a satirical, light romance, to depict Stalin's Soviet Union as rigid and grey – in this instance comparing it with the free and sunny Parisian society of the pre-war era.

The film opens during the aftermath of the Russian revolution. A trio of Russian delegates are sent to sell the Imperial Jewels for ready cash (which may sound strange to contemporary ears, but was in fact standard practice). Count Leon d'Algout (Melvyn Douglas) is enlisted to retrieve the jewellery before it is sold. The Soviet Union then sends comrade 'Ninotchka' Yakushova (Greta Garbo), a special envoy whose goal is to go through with the jewellery sale and bring back the three men. "Garbo Laughs!" declared the ads at the time.

Screenings

  • Sun 27 Jan LantarenVenster 6
    Dutch subtitles
    Tickets
  • Tue 29 Jan LantarenVenster 6
    Dutch subtitles
    Tickets
Filmmaker
Ernst Lubitsch
Country
USA
Year
1939
Medium
35mm
Length
110’
Language
English, Russian
Producer
Sidney Franklin, Ernst Lubitsch
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM)
Sales
Park Circus Limited
Writer
Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch
Cinematography
William H. Daniels
Editor
Gene Ruggiero
Production Design
Cedric Gibbons
Sound Design
Conrad Kahn
Cast
Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Béla Lugosi, Felix Bressart, Sig Rumann, Alexander Granach