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'Shall we drink to a blitzkrieg?'
'What he did to Shakespeare we are now doing to Poland.'
'Lieutenant, this is the first time I've ever met a man who could drop three tons of dynamite in two minutes.'
SiskoidIf To Be or Not to Be feels so ballsy, it's because it is. It's lighter to be sure, but it's essentially Ernst Lubitsch's The Great Dictator, in which he manages to balance his brand of witty comedy and the Nazi invasion of Poland. Bumbling Nazis at times, but still murderous ones, and Lubitsch makes us smile at jokes about concentration camps and shenanigans with a corpse, while also showing us a devastated, #notajoke, Warsaw. You can definitely see how it inspired Mel Brooks down the line (who would star in a 1983 remake). It couldn't do very well in 1942, released two months after Carole Lombard's death (while on a tour promoting war bonds), but with the benefit of distance, it's become an enjoyable comedy of errors in which a theater troop tries to keep a spy from passing information to the Gestapo by dressing up as Nazis and so forth. It's got a fun Mission Impossible vibe, but where the mission is put in jeopardy by artistic egos and a man's jealousy for his wife's admirers. We perhaps don't get enough of Jack Benny's Hamlet, but it still gives us the title. Appropriately, The Merchant of Venice is also important.
bouldermanAn air raid siren and the first evening of war? The accents were a shame. Watching it again tonight, rank it 10/10 but this observations and the cut from Gestapo to Hamlet seemed sudden.
FluegiIncredible comedy from 1942! I think it's the main blueprint of Inglourious Basterds and it's even better.
rabsi1I honestly thought Sobinski was the villain of the film at first because of how creepy he was.
Very funny film overall! 8/10
LumenWonderful movie! the humor is so good, and it's full of interesting subtleties. It has one of the best opening scenes ever!
PaulorsadvCarole Lombard died only few months after finish this movie, very talented actress.
Shingwauk"You can't have your cake and shoot it too!"
DolwphinAnything with a little Hitler usually supposed to mean that it is at least worth seeing, so here too. What a fucking style icon he was.
criscoJovan"Here is a man with a beard and you didn't even pull it!"
sureupLove it! A lot of really good laughs without getting too silly.
iCheckFilmsMy 1000th check. And, boy, was I entertained!! :)
boulderman10/10 best film I've seen this year :)
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